Nasa has given us plenty of reasons to assume its something else....from water bubbles and hair sprayed hair in shifting gravity space station videos to photo shopped pics of earth to the press conferences that they cannot ansser simple questions on where the mars rover is or what type of file they used to send the pics ...i could go on for an hour ....why you blindly believe a government agency that has been caught in so many lies...why you blindly believe anything without questioning it ? period
We're not "blindly believing," we've seen ISS for ourselves, and as Mick has proven it doesn't even take super-expensive equipment to resolve the general shape of the object flying above us exactly where it should be given the orbit of ISS around the earth. This is directly in contradiction to what a flat earth and a fake drone would predict.
Back in the day, I used to watch the space shuttle come and go from ISS, and I saw it change as it was built piece by piece in orbit. Even though the shuttle isn't flying anymore, spacecraft still come and go from the station (though none are nearly as large as the shuttle was and therefore they're much harder to resolve independently from ISS).
There's nothing unexpected about being able to track and resolve ISS. It's about 72.8 meters long and 108.5 meters wide. At 400 km altitude, those dimensions translate to 37.54 arcseconds and 55.949 arcseconds respectively (http://www.1728.org/angsize.htm
). Is that too small to resolve by eye? Basically, yes. But with a telescope or high powered lens, that's easily resolved. It's comparable in apparent angular size to the planet Jupiter as seen from earth:
If you can make out the great red spot on Jupiter, you can see details in the shape of the space station. Is it moving fast across the sky? Yes, but how fast? Let's assume again that the altitude is about 400 km and an orbital velocity of about 27600 km/hr or about 7.67 km/s (http://iss.astroviewer.net/
). If you plug that in you get a maximum angular velocity of about 1 degree per second for ISS, about twice the apparent diameter of the moon in the sky. Yes, that's fast, but it's slower than the maximum slew speed of amateur telescopes like mine:
"the telescope automatically slews, or moves, to the object at up to 8° per sec., centering it in the main telescope field."
So yes, a telescope like mine can automatically track ISS with its motors just fine, exactly as should be expected.