International Space Station makes 2 great passes over Tampa Bay, flies over again Saturday

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The International Space Station’s orbit around earth brought it over the Tampa Bay area twice in the span of about 14 hours Thursday night and Friday morning.

The first flyover happened Thursday night. Traveling at 17,500 mph, about 250 miles up, it entered our view low in the west-southwest sky at 9:28 pm. The whole pass Thursday lasted about 6 minutes before the ISS slowly faded away low on the north-northeast horizon.

An even better pass, higher on the horizon, happened Friday at 5:39 am. It rose in the northwest horizon and climbed to an altitude of 52 degrees passing off to the south-southeast. Friday morning’s pass lasted 7 minutes.

There was another – much more brief – flyover on Saturday morning. The space station was only visible for approximately 3 minutes at 4:56 a.m. That flyover was the last one in our area through at least July 29.

WFLA Now and Tracking the Tropics recently spoke with two NASA astronauts who are on the International Space Station. Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough have been on the space station since April as part of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission.

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