Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Space Station Crew to See a Real Moon Shadow

Crewmembers aboard the International Space Station will have a rare opportunity to witness the Moon’s shadow racing across the face of the Earth during a total solar eclipse Wednesday.

The eclipse will be carried live on the Internet via NASA TV starting at 5 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The ISS will not be in the direct path of the eclipse, so they won’t see the Sun totally blocked by the Moon. But NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev will have a clear view of the event from their orbital perch, NASA spokesperson Kylie Clem told SPACE.com.

The ISS will be over the Mediterranean Sea and near the African Coast when the total eclipse occurs.

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