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Discovery's Last Go Round, As Seen From the Ground 53

SoyQueSoy writes to point out this "incredible footage of the passage of the International Space Station and Discovery, taken on February 28th 2011 at 17:58UT from the area of Weimar, Germany. A stereoscopic 3D version is also included for your viewing pleasure, as well as footage from February 26." Perhaps as interesting is the hardcore home telescope set-up used to get the images, a motorized, satellite-tracking Takahashi EM400.
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Discovery's Last Go Round, As Seen From the Ground

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  • Love how stable the video is while the objects are traveling by at 17,000 mph. And what a great set up. Wow. Just. Wow. Wonder if there are some old Apollo parts up there still in orbit he can capture?
    • by spun ( 1352 )

      Did you see the fellow he's got doing his tracking electronics? With a neckbeard that fierce, his kung-fu must be great indeed.

  • Am I the only one? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sam_In_The_Hills ( 458570 ) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @09:19PM (#35375718)
    Am I the only one who hears The Blue Danube while watching that?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The fact that there is no replacement with the capabilities of the Space Shuttle speaks volumes.

    Good bye, old friend.

    • That the greatest barriers to our exploration of space are no longer technological ones, but matters of political and financial pragmatism and conservatism, speaks more. When we're ready again, we'll be up there, and with even more cool stuff than today.

  • wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mojo-raisin ( 223411 ) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @09:50PM (#35375890)

    That Thierry guy is quite a master with a telescope & camera. He's also taken incredible shots of the shuttle traversing in front of the sun.

    Just browse his website (assuming /. doesn't kill it).

    • by gig ( 78408 )

      I agree. Too bad he is not a master with HTML5 so I could see this video on the Web instead of having to go to my one computer that has FlashPlayer on it, especially when all of my GPU's have have hardware decoders for the same video file he is hiding in FlashPlayer, same as everyone else's GPU's.

      • There's also a DivX version available.
      • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

        from an average office though it was viewable.

        it's cool enough stuff to not waste time on fancy html on it. it's quite accessible too, you could probably find the download link for the divx even if you were blind.

        anyways, you can make a fan page for the guy. he's got a better setup than many nations, isn't that funny..

      • by dave420 ( 699308 )
        It's fine for most people. And by most I mean nearly everyone.
  • Made my day. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BigDXLT ( 1218924 ) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @09:59PM (#35375938)

    I love it. That was some fantastic imagery. That just won "best link of the day" for me. Thanks for that!

    • Hey, you're welcome, and thanks be to you : awarding my first accepted /. submission with "best link of the day" made my evening!
  • by clyde_cadiddlehopper ( 1052112 ) on Thursday March 03, 2011 @11:00PM (#35376246)
    "Who's there."

    "Never mind who we are. Your telescope is now classified Top Secret. Hand it over."

  • I am in awe of this. Best of show for that dawg!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    There don't seem to be enough comments on this thread. Maybe I can draw up some interest. Natalie Portman.

  • Just jaw dropping cool.

  • In Wikipedia, under "Geek Porn", there's a link to that video.

  • Way to read the fine print folks :D
  • This is an honest question: Now that shuttle discovery has been retired, what exactly are they going to be using to dock to the ISS for both bringing astronauts and supplies to/from there? I read the wikipedia article about the ISS but it didn't say anything.. I don't know why this is such a mystery to me, but I didn't think other countries were actively launching spaceships to it..

    If anyone knows the answer, it would be helpful.

    • by sconeu ( 64226 )

      For humans, Soyuz. Hopefully eventually Dragon.

      For cargo, Progress, ATV, and whatever the JAXA craft is called.

      • The Japanese vehicle is the HTV, for H-II Transfer Vehicle (H-II being the rocket). You forgot to mention that Dragon will be being used for cargo starting this year (probably), as well as Orbital Science's Cygnus (which will probably be pushed to 1H 2012). The US isn't completely out of this yet!

        It's also worth noting that you can see all of the currently operational vehicles in the video, if you know what you're looking for, and that this is the only time that will ever be true. Once again kudos to Thi

    • From the introduction section of the article you supposedly read:

      The station is serviced by Soyuz spacecraft, Progress spacecraft, space shuttles, the Automated Transfer Vehicle and the H-II Transfer Vehicle

      Not only do other countries launch to the ISS, they do so regularly.

  • I'm impressed Thierry was able to pull this off and with such good timing. In the future, it looks like he's just going to be able to look at the ISS and any Soyuz.
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    This was taken by Ralf Vandebergh, a contributor to the seesat-l sat observation list.

      More astronaut spacewalk and ISS pics: []

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