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International Space Station Sighting Possible From Alameda Early Halloween Morning

According to NASA’s skywatch page the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) will be visable from Alameda for two minutes, starting at 6:12 AM, at 37 degrees elevation, starting in the South-South-West sky and exiting from view at about 10 degrees above elevation at South-South-East.

Other opportunities abound. Nov 1 at 5:35 AM, Nov 5 at 6:44 PM, Nov 6 at 7:06 PM and Nov 7 at 5:45 PM to name just a few.

History of the International Space Station from NASA’s website:

The first proposal for a manned station occurred in 1869, when an American novelist told the story of how a “Brick Moon” came to orbit Earth to help ships navigate at sea. In 1923, Romanian Hermann Oberth was the first to use the term “space station” to describe a wheel-like facility that would serve as the jumping off place for human journeys to the moon and Mars. In 1952, Dr. Werner von Braun published his concept of a space station in Collier’s magazine. He envisioned a space station that would have a diameter of 250 feet, orbit more than 1,000 miles above the Earth, and spin to provide artificial gravity through centrifugal force.

The Soviet Union launched the world’s first space station, Salyut 1, in 1971 – a decade after launching the first human into space. The United States sent its first space station, the larger Skylab, into orbit in 1973 and it hosted three crews before it was abandoned in 1974. Russia continued to focus on long-duration space missions and in 1986 launched the first modules of the Mir space station.

In 1998, the first two modules of the International Space Station were launched and joined together in orbit. Other modules soon followed and the first crew arrived in 2000.

International Space Station Airlock (NASA)

International Space Station Airlock (NASA)

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