Re: A boost for Mir

LWojack@aol.com
Fri, 10 Dec 1999 16:14:28 EST

In a message dated 12/8/99 12:59:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
alan@wingar.demon.co.uk writes:

> Mir's orbit was boosted earlier today from 323x319 km to 327x323 km,
>  effectively raising the complex to the altitude it had 11 days ago on
>  November 27. The orbital period was increased by 5 seconds/rev, so
>  expect Mir to fall behind predictions from pre-boost elsets at the rate
>  of about 80 seconds/day.

Why was this maneuver performed?  The orbit is raised by four kilometers; 
isn't the RSA trying to burn Mir up in Apil 2000?  Perhaps they've decided to 
try to save it?

Jonathan

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