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ISS and Soyuz MS-13, 20th July 2019


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Chris Hooker
Time of observation
20/07/2019 - 23:39
International Space Station
Observing location
Didcot, Oxfordshire
254 mm Newtonian
2x Barlow
Celestron Skyris 445m camera
Baader IR-cut filter
0.29 msec @ F/9.6
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The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft carrying the three Expedition 60 crew members to the ISS lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 17:28 UK time on July 20th. It was on a fast-track flight to the ISS, due to dock shortly before midnight after completing only four orbits. This image was taken early in the ISS pass over the UK at 23:39 BST, and shows the Soyuz aligned with the main axis of the ISS, preparatory to docking a few minutes later.

The fourteen images for this stack were acquired early in the pass, while the ISS was at an altitude of about 45 degrees. Later images suffered from technical problems with the tracking and image shift, and are of very poor quality.

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