brian_ga
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Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 12:36 am

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?

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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 12:49 am

I think what we can see an airplane from ISS or Space Shuttle is just a tiny moving dots.
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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 12:52 am

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

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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 12:57 am

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.
 
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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:00 am

Neutrality means that u don't really care cos the struggle goes on even when ur not there, blind and unaware
 
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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:10 am

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.

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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:10 am

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?
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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:12 am

Fox.... of course you can, if the weather is good...  Smile
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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:15 am

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

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RE: Can You See Airplanes From Space?

Fri May 07, 2004 1:22 am

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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