December 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Russian Rocket Re-Entry Lights Up Southern California Skies



Sightings of a long duration meteor-like object was reported across the Western United States and I’ve confirmed this to be the Progress MS-01, a Russian cargo ship’s upper stage that re-entered into our atmosphere, launched a day prior, the upper stage of the boosting rocket finally entered the atmosphere over the Western United States.  Within the article you’ll find videos.  The first is the actual event, the second is the rocket launch vehicle that re-entered, and the third is another re-entry from years ago … showing it’s the same visual

Last week, NASA flight controllers uplinked commands to move the robot arm’s mobile transporter, or MT, from work site 4 to work site 2 on the forward face of the station’s long power truss. The rail auto needs to move about four inches so it can be latched into place.

With their primary task completed, Kelly and Kopra split up to work on separate tasks of routing cables along the space station. If all goes well, the astronauts will carry out a few get-ahead tasks before wrapping up the planned three-hour excursion.

The Progress MS-01/62P supply craft was scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:44:39 a.m. EST Monday (GMT-5; 2:44 p.m. local time).

Kelly, who is nine months into a one-year mission, will be designated extravehicular activity crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the suit bearing the red stripes, and Kopra will be extravehicular activity crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the plain suit.

So what Southern California saw was the re-entry of the upper stage of this rocket that launched the cargo ship to the International Space Station …

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