re: NEWS - Mir Narrowly Avoids Collision With U.S. Satellite

Philip Chien (
Sat, 27 Sep 1997 18:18:12 -0400

JAY RESPLER <> had forwarded an article about the
Mir/MSTI-2 conjunction which read in part:

>      September 17, 1997
>Mir Narrowly Avoids Collision With U.S. Satellite
>     The distances were
>     close enough to leave open the specter of a catastrophic collision.

Hmmm, I wonder if the author or editor realized how bad that particular pun
was ...

what's interesting is MSTI-2 and Mir have similar precession rates right
now, so there are several times where their orbits approach each other.
Gradually the differences will accumulate and the orbits will be spread
further apart over time.

Hmm, maybe I should check to see if there are any conjunctions while the
shuttle's docked ...

Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//]