Re: Unknown object near Mir

Neil Clifford (
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 14:13:20 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 29 Aug 1995, Edward S Light wrote:

> On 1995 Aug 29 at about 01:30 UTC (Aug 28, 21:30 EDT), while watching Mir
> pass in my northern sky, I noted an unknown (to me) object moving to the
> right, essentially parallel to Mir's path, but much lower, and perhaps a
> half- to one minute earlier, passing below Polaris at about 01:30.5 UTC by
> which time it was fading (presumably as it was entering the earth's shadow,
> which Mir itself did a little later.
> Does anyone have a clue as to what this object was? My northern sky was
> rather hazy, but I don't think this was an airplane. Did a piece of Mir
> undock? My position was: North 40.067 deg, West 074.222 deg, 111 feet elev.

The next craft to arrive at Mir is the Soyuz-TM22/Euromir-95 mission, due
for launch at approx 0900 UTC on 3 September. The Progress-M28 resupply
vehicle *was* due to be undocked and deorbited around 2 September.