Re: Mir still shedding debris?

Larry Klaes (
Fri, 14 Jun 1996 10:24:59 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 14 Jun 1996, Bram Dorreman wrote:

> Yesterday June 13th between 22:40 and 23:02 UT I saw Mir and its
> debris. I counted 30 fragements of which 9 could be seen simultaneously
> in my 7 x 50 bonoculars: 6 in front of Mir and 3 behind. That lets me
> think that Mir is still shedding debris.
> After that long lasting transit of about 20 minutes I had to go to
> bed. I hope to process the interval times between the objects during
> weekend that starts to night.
> Last transit, as mentioned above I was able to also record the
> magnitudes and appearances by using an old cassette deck.
> Must be strange to late walkers: hear somebody speaking jargon
> but not seeing him.
>  -- Kind regards, Bram Dorreman
>  -- Origin IT Systems Management
>  -- tel: +31 40 2788372
>  -- fax: +31 40 2786810
I am wondering:  Is it usual for Mir to be dumping so much trash into
space?  Did they really have that much garbage on board to dispose of?
Mir isn't coming apart at the seams, is it?