Re: The Rules (was Mir, Progress: 12.3 seconds)

JRBURCA@aol.com
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 20:00:52 -0400 (EDT)

Jim Varney wrote:
<< I feel guilty about posting this message.  You see, the SeeSat rules say
 something about avoiding repetitive "I saw Mir" postings.
 
 I saw Mir. >>
 <snip>

Well, you know what they say about rules:  "They're made to be broken" :-)

If it's interesting and artificial in space or going to space (launches), I
want
to know about it.  Do we say Mir is not interesting.  I certainly don't.  If
Mir
is uninteresting, then it follows that the International Space Station going
up in the next couple of years will be even more boring since I assume
it will be much brighter.  Now, isn't that getting absurd?

I enjoy reading reports from beginning novices about seeing Mir.  It's nice
to sense their excitement and enthusiasm.  The same goes for STS.  And
the same goes for those more expert observations of Mir and STS.

As for the posts with just a bunch of numbers:  well, I still don't know what
most of it means but that's my fault for not studying more.  So keep up
with that.  But any colorful description of observations is always
appreciated.
I know about the 2-line elements but it's those single-line numbers I don't
understand.

Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif.