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ISS Sightings And Objects Following It

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Posted by Mark Swaim on September 29, 2002 19:58:57 UTC

Last Night I had the unique opportunity to see the ISS pass directly overhead my location. While I was busy showing it to everyone else, I almost missed an object that was following it. I knew the shuttle wasn't up so I went to some of the Forums to try to find an answer.
I proposed that it could be the station dumping waste although I don't know if they do that, nor would that likely be visible to the naked eye now that I think about it.
I got one response back so far and he said that it was probably a Russian spacecraft. I thought about that as being a possibility after I posted my note but I have a question about that.
Where can we find out about recent spacecraft launches to try and solve the mystery of what these objects are that's following the space station?
Ever since 9/11, it is getting harder and harder to even find out when the Space Shuttle is going to be launched. I don't even know how to find out about Russian or other foreign launches.
Thanks for any help or discussion you can offer.

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