[Update 13:19 UTC: It would now seem that NASA has “resolved” the issue. But I’ve got proof:-)]
Open up NASA’s page tracking the Shuttle and the one tracking the International Space Station side by side. Notice something? They’re supposed to be docked as I blog this but NASA has the Shuttle ahead of ISS by a whole 5 minutes. Look:
ISS: 12:12 UTC:
Shuttle: 12:12 UTC:
ISS: 12:17 UTC:
The trajectory seems to be the same, it’s just that the Shuttle is leading ISS at a much lower altitude. It’s not an update timing issue, as a whole five 1-minute-interval updates span the difference. So where might they be? At the first location? The second? Are they filming the ISS footage in a studio in LA somewhere?
I’m sort of crestfallen. If you can’t trust NASA anymore, who can you trust? What’s the point of offering us civilians data to within a minute of precision if it is provably off by a minimum of 5 minutes?