re: Mir/Atlantis After Undocking

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 13:14:37 -0400 (EDT)

J. Donald Gardner,, writes: 
> Undocking is scheduled 
> for 3 October at 11:45 EDT (15:45 UTC) making the Friday and 
> Saturday passes visible for each individulally.  I am assuming that 
> Atlantis will trail rather than lead Mir. 
Not unless they decide to head up toward the Moon on their way back to the 
good Earth! 
The shuttle trails Mir on the way up and leads her on the way down, for only 
one reason: the shuttle is in a lower, faster orbit. 
> My questions: 
> 1. What will be the approximate separation on Friday and Saturday. 
> 2. What will be the approximate brightness of Atlantis? 
> 3. When is Mir scheduled to boost its orbit? 
I have precisely the same questions (except for the brightness; I know that 
that is hard to anticipate and varies between mag -4 and 2 for good passes). 
I always have precisely the same questions.  I've been asking for years.  I 
still haven't found the right source or the right words.  Sometimes some very 
helpful people have come close. 
I would have liked to have had this info (for the end of this week) a couple 
of days back. 
Maybe someday. 
Walter Nissen          
-81.8637, 41.3735, 256m elevation 
How come ya always hear guys talking about which fish are biting,
 not which sportscasters?