The moon and the space station in the night sky
When it got almost straight above me it was so bright and twinkly that my jaw dropped just in amazement of what I was seeing. I wasn’t amazed that there is this man-made spacecraft carrying men and women around in space, even though that is amazing. I was amazed that I could see it. That something that seems so, so far away I could see, and I could see it moving.
This past week I was with some friends on a night the station was going to pass over and asked my friends: “Would it be too geeky of me to want to go outside and watch the station pass over?” My friends were good enough to go outside with me. A few had seen it before. For some, it was the first time ever. Watching their reactions, I remembered the awe I felt the first time I saw it, and I was thrilled to share that opportunity now with several friends. One friend called another on the phone and told them to go outside right then and see it. That was exciting to see them excited to call and tell someone else.
What about you? Have you seen the station? The shuttle? Both? Any cool stories about seeing NASA spacecraft fly overhead? If you haven’t seen it, go to NASA’s Sighting Opportunities website to find out when the station, space shuttle and other spacecraft will be flying over where you live. You can also use the NASA Skywatch website.