Re: NEAR Earth Swing-by

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Sun, 11 Jan 98 17:11:23 PST

Jeff Hunt privately requested a Skysat NEAR flyby prediction, which I'm
posting here in case there is anyone else in the Washington D.C. metro
area interested.

                          Alt  Az     RA      Dec        Range
1/23 06:30 UT (01:30 EST) 26   298  03h 55m  36:32  26557km 16533sm

This is a couple of degrees to the right of the mag 3.9 star Menkib
(epsilon Per).  Skysat predicts a non-glint magnitude of 12.

While on the subject of NEAR, at their website there is a Powerpoint 7.0
document said to contain the Earth Swingby plans.  The URL is:

   http://sd-www.jhuapl.edu/NEAR/MOPS/files/ESB3_SHO.PPT

Please, if someone has Powerpoint 7.0, could you download the file and
give us an idea of what is in it?

Unfortunately, the file is rather large (2576K).

Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL