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Contrails Visible From Space?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:21 am

Are airliner contrails visible from space, i.e. low orbit like 300 km (space shuttle)? I am also trying to find pictures of airliners in flight (or contrails) taken from a satellite or low orbit manned vehicle like the space shuttle?

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RE: Contrails Visible From Space?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:02 am

I would think that to the naked eye that they probably wouldnt be...just too small and non detailed from that high up...alas I havent been in space so I cant say for sure...

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RE: Contrails Visible From Space?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:40 am

I don't know about space.But I read somewhere before that U-2 pilots say that from the altitude they fly at ,if they look down at a contrail,they look the same to them as they do to us looking up.


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