Mir/Shuttle post separation and the bungling by the media

Bill Krosney (bkrosney@MBnet.MB.CA)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 22:46:27 -0800

Had a beautiful post-separation zenith pass of Mir and the Shuttle
this past morning.

At 07:05 AM CST (13:05 UT Jan.20/97) Mir and Atlantis passed overhead,
about 11 hours after undocking and 9 hours after the separation burn.
A beautiful sight...clear sky, hint of dawn rising in the east, Mir
and Shuttle easily better than -2 mag. (Mir slightly brighter), with
Mir trailing the Shuttle by 10 degrees.  Awesome!

The whole family took it in, even my 5 and 3 year olds.  My little guy
was particularly impressed that aboard Mir was a cosmonaut named "Sasha",
his name as well!  

It was unfortunate that this beautiful sight was bungled by the media.
After coming in my wife heard on the radio the morning announcers comment
that it "wasn't worth looking at".  It was just a "small blinking dot" 
that could only be seen "by a trained eye".  

What a shame.

Clear skies and good passes......Bill

e-mail: bkrosney@mbnet.mb.ca