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January 11, 2005

NASA Public Affairs Office
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Residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast area can step out into their back yards and see the International Space Station flying high overhead. If weather conditions are clear, the Space Station will be visible in the area during the evenings and early mornings of late January and early February.

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Russian Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are currently living and working aboard the Station.

The International Space Station is a critical steppingstone for the Vision for Space Exploration. Station research focuses on the effects of microgravity on the human body in preparation for long-duration flights, including missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

NASA's Sightings Web site provides users with detailed information on how to view the Space Station at:

Click on the Station picture on the left, which takes you to Skywatch. First-time users can learn when and where to look to see the Station by clicking on the Quick Start Guide link for instructions. Check the Web site close to the sighting dates listed below for changes in estimated viewing times.

The following are estimated sighting dates and times for the Mississippi Gulf Coast area:

Date Time Max Elev. Approach Departure
Mon, Jan. 10 6:14 – 6:17 p.m. 19 19-above-NW 10-above-NNE
Wed, Jan. 26 6:53 – 6:55 p.m. 32 11-above-NNW 32-above-NNW
Fri, Jan. 28 6:09 – 6:15 p.m. 59 11-above-NW 11-above-SE
Sat, Jan. 29 6:38 – 6:40 p.m. 20 20-above-SSW 11-above-S
Sun, Feb. 6 6:01 – 6:03 a.m. 26 10-above-SSW 26-above-SSE
Tue, Feb. 8 5:17 – 5:19 a.m. 31 18-above-S 31-above-SE

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