Category Archives: Breaking News

Watch the Space Station Go Over Tonight!

The ISS over the Pacific Ocean

The ISS over the Pacific Ocean

The International Space Station (ISS) will travel over Central Texas tonight and you can see it if the clouds cooperate. It will be visible for 6 minutes (it moves pretty fast). Look to the southwest at 9:16 PM. It will travel from southwest to northeast, reaching a maximum elevation of 79 degrees. Just FYI, 90 degrees would be straight overhead.

The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and the moon . . . even brighter than Venus, which you can see low in the west at dusk.

You can sign up for a free text alert from NASA to let you know when the ISS will be visible in your area. It is always either in the early evening or the pre-dawn hours. The sun is below the horizon for you and me but the ISS is not yet in the shadow of the earth. In other words, the sun has not set or risen for the crew of the ISS.

Here is the link: Spot the Station

Here is what the text messages look like: (SpotTheStation) Time: Wed Jun 05 9:16 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 79 degrees, Appears: SW, Disappears: NE

As you can see, I translated it for you at the beginning of this article but it’s pretty simple once you know the code. By the way, you can tell it’s not an airplane because there are no flashing lights and it is completely silent. If you have never seen it, you’ll be amazed!

Stewart Dale Spencer

Breaking News – Don Summers Passes Away


Coupland resident Don Summers passed away at 2:45 AM today, according to Lisa Benbrook, the Secretary of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. Lisa said that he was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.

It says something very special about Coupland that in this Internet age, the news first came to me via the church bell atop St. Peter’s Church. I was walking home from the Post Office when I heard the bell at about 11 AM. I knew in my heart what it meant. A phone call confirmed it.

I first met Don shortly after moving to Coupland. He was out walking his one-eyed dog, Cookie. I liked him immediately. However, I only recently began to get to know him better. I visited with him and his wife, Sylvia, several times and was looking forward to a long association.

One thing that always impressed me about Don was his firm handshake. Even in his period of infirmity, that handshake spoke to me. It said here was a decent, strong man that anyone would be proud to call a friend. I know he will be missed by many. Please pray for Sylvia and the rest of the family.

The image above is from Multiple System Atrophy Awareness. They posted this along with his picture on March 28, 2013:

From Vera James: Coming to the end of March Awareness and before it does end I want to give my thanks to Don Summers. He has been there for so many of the patients/caregivers giving his knowledge so that they could understand MSA and not feel so alone. He did this since the 90′s when he led the SDS/MSA Support Group, until he stepped down a few years ago because of his own health issues. He is a true warrior for MSA! If anyone wants to send Don Summers a card or letter, they can mail it to: Don Summers P.O.Box 279 Coupland, TX 78615

I will pass along information about funeral arrangements when it becomes available.