Mir, Atlantis

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Sat, 30 Mar 1996 09:53:15 +0100 (MET)

I had a last chance to observe Mir and Atlantis(and Hyakutake...) this
(early) morning.  At 0318UT the first and most brilliant object(which I
presume was Atlantis) was preceding what was probably Mir with a distance of
about 32 degrees.   I was very much surprised by the brightness of Atlantis
which reached magnitude -3.  Does anyone know in which mode they were flying
?  Were they flying with the payload doors open or closed ?
The second object(Mir ?) had a brightness of magnitude -1.

Tristan Cools