Space Shuttle Discovery chasing the International Space Station

The Space Shuttle Discovery launched yesterday towards the International Space Station, with not only the Japanese module of the Space Station, but also spare parts for their toilet! (see the full story on the BBC News).

We can actually see the International Space Station fly overhead - it is very bright indeed. And tonight (the 1st of June), for one night only, we can actually see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly over Europe just a minute after the station, as it plays catch-up! To find out when and where to look, see

Some lucky observers in the UK managed to see both the Space Shuttle and it's separated external fuel tank last night - see this link. Unfortunately, it was cloudy here in Greenwich last night.

For up-to-the-minute updates on the latest mission to the Space Station, see