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    Space amateurs preparing to track China's first manned space flight
    BEIJING (AFP) Oct 11, 2003
    Thousands of amateur satellite trackers around the world are making
    preparations to spot China's first manned space flight, the Shenzhou V, as
    it orbits the earth 14 times in a mission to be launhed next week, a leading
    space expert said Saturday.
    China's official Xinhua news agency announced that the flight would be
    launched from the Jiuquan Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province
    between Oct 15-17, while also providing coordinates of the orbit and the
    projected altitude of the flight.
    "The Shenzhou V will be visible in the morning skies across Europe and
    the United States," James Oberg, a former official at the National
    Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston and noted space expert, told
    AFP. "There are hundreds, even thousands of amateurs around the world that
    will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the spaceship."
    Oberg said that with computer programs available on the Internet the
    Xinhua information could be used to calculate the precise orbits of the
    Shenzhou V, allowing trackers to know exactly when the Shenzhou would be
    overhead in their part of the world.
    The best view of the spaceship should come on the craft's final orbit as
    it flies over northeast China and the Korean Peninsula before heading toward
    Africa where the Shenzhou will fire retro-rockets in preparation for touch
    down in northern China's Inner Mongolia, he said.
    "The final orbit before landing the Shenzhou V will go directly over
    North Korea which should give people there and in South Korea a spectacular
    view," Oberg said.
    The spacecraft would appear about as bright as Polaris, the north star,
    but will be easy to spot by amateurs versed in tracking satellites, he said.
    Previous flight paths and orbital data of the Shenzhou series of
    unmanned space flights are posted on the website www.svengrahn.pp.se, which
    is run by Sven Grahn, an employee of Sweden's space program.
    Oberg said that the Shenzhou V flight plan was similar to the 21-hour,
    14 orbit flight of Shenzhou I, the first in a series of unmanned Chinese
    space flights that flew in November 1999.



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    "James Oberg" <jamesoberg@houston.rr.com> wrote in message
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    What did Krushcev say? "We'll wait to see how they do it"?

    I'll wait to see _if_ they do it.
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    Default Space amateurs preparing to track China's first manned space flight

    James Oberg wrote:

    Sven Grahn's Shenzhou pages are more easily located at

    http://www.svengrahn.pp.se/histind/C...enzhousum.html

    Q



 

 

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