|Occurred : 8/14/2001 21:45 (Entered as : 08/14/01 2145)
Reported: 8/14/2001 22:22
Location: Portland, OR
|US Shuttle being followed?
I heard on the radio that the US space shuttle would be visable in a fly-over in my area, so I went out back of our office at the approx. time so I went out back of our office and sure enough it flew over as expected. The interesting thing is that at arms length approx. 4" behind the shuttle, I could see a faint dot following at the same speed, I have seen this before a few years back when the US shuttle had just separated from the Russian MIR station. It was not announced that it would be visable with any other US or Forign craft. It is supposed to be visable all this week, I'll keep looking. (Interesting but not Earth shattering)
((NUFORC Note: There is a possibility that the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station were close to one another at the time of the sighting, either docking, or separating. We will attempt to confirm this possibility. Both objects are quite prominent in the night sky on a clear night. PD))