STS 81 and MIR Docking

Nick Budd (
Fri, 27 Dec 1996 19:17:37 GMT

I know it's not for a while yet....... but here's the problem:

I'm hoping to be at the KSC for the launch of STS 81 on Jan 11 (yes, even at
but I shall not have access to either elements or a computer for a couple of
and I would like to see it in orbit later on that evening. What I can do in
advance is
to plot Mir's orbits.
What I need to know is (a) will STS 81 go "straight" to a 51 degree orbit
and, if so,
(b) roughly how far behind or in advance of Mir is it likely to be, say, 16
hrs after