Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Jules Verne and Through The keyhole.

St George's Day and time to reflect on the last few weeks !

On April 3 I managed to capture the first ground based images of ESA's Jules Verne space freighter just hours after it docked with the International Space Station.

A week later a gap in the clouds allowed me a glimpse of a US spy sat , USA 129
"129" is one of the Keyhole series of satellites used for near real time hi resolution imagery.
Long thought to be similar to the Hubble Space Telescope , but looking down to Earth rather than out into space , the image below clinches it....

Featuring a long optical tube , with solar panels either side , USA 129 is about four to five metres across .
To read more about the Keyhole series take a look at

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