re: STS-91, Mir manuevers, long term tracking predictions

Eberst (
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 19:00:47 +0200

Philip Chien writes:-
>In fact Mir holds the world record for the longest duration for an object
>in a real low orbit (e.g. MM > 15).  And that should be fairly obvious - no
>other object in space has had so many resupply ships continiously boosting
>them back up as drag reduces their altitude.
Sorry Philip, The record holder for an object with mm>15 remaining in orbit
does not belong to Mir, but to #01937 65-112Q.
Epoch       Rev/day
85261.7096  15.049273
98107.1478  15.394959
I expect it to remain in orbit till about 2010.

best wishes  Russell  Eberst  @   North: 55 degrees, 56 minutes, 55 seconds
             West:  3 degrees, 8 minutes, 18 seconds: 
             43metres (150 feet) above sea-level