RE: Iridium bunch, Mir, etc.

Thu, 28 Aug 1997 23:55:27 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 28 Aug 1997, Jeff Hunt wrote:
> >On Tuesday the front-page headline in the Plain Dealer was "Mir Crew Hit 
> >by New Trouble", meaning the oxygen generators.  On Wednesday, the page 3 
> >report referred to those "widespread reports -- all based on NASA 
> >information" and further reported that "Russian ground controllers branded 
> >that 'utter nonsense'", going on to say that everything has been fine on 
> >board and that "'We think we coordinate things quite well' with NASA. 
> >'It's all the media's fault'". 
> I think there is some truth in that. The media like to jump on hot stories. 
> Unfortunately, NASA published the story without providing timely follow up 
> information from the RSA. It sound like there was a break down of 
> communication between NASA and RSA on a potentially serious situation that 
> the RSA didn't feel was significant.

Jeff is right there.  There was a big article about just that subject in 
the NY Times that I sent to my News Mailing List.

But, I'll accept some occasional distorted information. It's better than 
haveing the press ignore all space news entirely. This shows they 
acknowledge public interest in what's going on up there.

Jay Respler
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