Seeing the International Space Station

I just took the kids outside to watch the International Space Station fly overhead. It was visible for about five minutes, and at its brightest I thought I could see some details (the solar panels?), but it was mostly just a bright dot. It rose from the southwest, went by almost overhead, and disappeared to the northeast.

PassGTrackLargeGraphic.aspx.jpgAs soon as we came back inside, my wife presented us with a book, The Amazing International Space Station, and now Peter is excitedly reading it aloud to Carolyn at the dinner table.

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