FlyingSinger reported:

" I've spent more hours playing with Orbiter, mastering some basics like rendezvous and (not quite) docking.

Relative motion in 3D really forces you to think in vectors (or be a real natural at the astronaut thing, like the guys in "Space Cowboys" which I just rewatched - pretty insane plot but lots of fun).

I was able to de-orbit from a low, fast lunar orbit to land at "Brighton Beach" but could not manage to land near any of the pads - I just couldn't kill all my relative motion.

First person physics. I still like it! But then again, I was a physics major and used to fancy doing this stuff (orbital mechanics if not astronaut) as a job someday - then somehow I ended up in optics.

Orbiter Sound 3.0 is an essential add on and it turns Orbiter into (among other things) a cool MP3 player with great "animation." You can load up to 200 MP3's into a WinAmp play list and they will play in the sim.

You even get a MFD to control them!

So I spent a good 90 minutes orbiting the earth for the views in the ISS (usually at 10-100x time warp) while listening to some classical theme music. So far I've been pretty literal - Strauss's Blue Danube - Holst's Planets - Mozart's Jupiter Symphony -- all seem suitable for space. I also have the Ravel Daphne and Chloe (suite), very nice moon mood music.

I took a couple of pictures out of the window. Note the unusual labeling on the Australia SE coast...


International Space Station over Chino...

International Space Station over Chino.

International Space Station over MiGMan...

International Space Station over MiGMan.