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Topic: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: Brian_ga
Posted 2004-05-06 17:36:42 and read 6751 times.

I was wondering after seeing that NASA picture the other day showing the contrails from space. My question, could someone on ISS or Space Shuttle actually see a airplane flying? I know their cameras have a large zoom but is that enough?

Brian_ga  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: Aeroyu
Posted 2004-05-06 17:49:59 and read 6681 times.

I think what we can see an airplane from ISS or Space Shuttle is just a tiny moving dots.

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: Tom in NO
Posted 2004-05-06 17:52:29 and read 6650 times.

Is there a link to the picture itself? Or was it on TV.

Tom at MSY

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: OV735
Posted 2004-05-06 17:57:31 and read 6607 times.

With a telescope on ISS an airplane should be visible, just like on a satellite photo. The weather... the different atmosphere layers between the station and the plane have to be very clear though, I guess.

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: GLAGAZ
Posted 2004-05-06 18:00:06 and read 6574 times.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1543533/6/

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: Brian_ga
Posted 2004-05-06 18:10:09 and read 6483 times.

Thank you for finding that, I was looking and was not having any luck.
Tom, I am not sure if you get the NASA channel on Cable but when the Space Shuttle was flying they would be playing with the camera and zooming in on clouds. That's what got me wondering if they could see larger aircraft.

Brian_ga  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: InnocuousFox
Posted 2004-05-06 18:10:26 and read 6477 times.

Can you see a suburban shopping mall from space?
Can you see a football stadium from space?
Can you even see an airport from space?

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: INNflight
Posted 2004-05-06 18:12:19 and read 6463 times.

Fox.... of course you can, if the weather is good...  Smile

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: XJRamper
Posted 2004-05-06 18:15:57 and read 6424 times.

Man I can barely see the plane if a controller asks me to report the aircraft in sight, when it is below me...kinda blends in.  Nuts

XJR

Topic: RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?
Username: Carduelis
Posted 2004-05-06 18:22:11 and read 6379 times.

I've heard it on good authority, that contrary to general perception, you cannot see the Great Wall of China from space!

But it is great sitting on the top of the wall and watching all those long haul aircrft flying over, mainly to Europe!


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