Re: Pierre Neirinck, 1926-2016

From: Gavin Eadie via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:32:21 -0500
I am a "lurker" on this list; I have been fascinated by observing artificial earth satellites since I was a teenager member of the British Astronomical Association (BAA) chasing Echo-1 with paper and pencil!  Sputnik 1 was launched when I was ten years old.  I was working on my PhD at Leicester when we flew two X-ray astronomy experiments on Ariel-5 seventeen years later.  I moved to the USA in 1979 and, when I retired from the University of Michigan a few years ago, I published the second (the first pipped me by a few weeks) ISS tracker on the first generation iPhone.  That establishes some context ..

I didn’t know Pierre Neirinck but Ted's recollections rouse a lot of memories.  I still have my prized copy of Desmond King-Hele’s book.  Ariel-5 was managed by Appleton Labs where I attended mission design meetings in my grad student days and, now, in my late sixties, I find my eyes damp for someone I didn’t know.  I can’t really explain it, or why I’m writing this, but I’m moved by this community’s commemoration of one of its founders.

Clearly, Pierre Neirinck was an inspiration to some of your younger selves, and this list continues to inspire, so I’ll join you in celebrating his time and work.  I’m still chasing those tiny, silent lights across the sky; thanks to Pierre and all of you for making it continuously magical.
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