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akula65 tipped us off about a cool NASA app that lets people see when spacecraft will be in the airspace above their towns. Visit the page here, select your country and then drill down to your local area. Most observation opportunities are for the International Space Station, but there's a chance you could catch the Space Shuttle Atlantis streaking into orbit during its last planned launch starting Friday!
Look for ISS viewing opportunities during the first and last two days of the Atlantis mission, since Atlantis will be chasing after the ISS during these periods. So if you see viewing opportunities on 14-16 May, then watch for Atlantis to follow essentially the same path as the ISS a few minutes after you see ISS. As the time for docking approaches on 16 May, the distance between the craft will diminish.

Atlantis will not be quite as bright as the International Space Station, but it is easily visible. Good hunting!


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