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From: Steve Adams (
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 14:28:20 PDT

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    Mike McCants wrote
    Sophocles: "The truth is always the strongest argument".
    We have been making obs and generating elsets.  You showed up a week
    ago for the first time.
    Eistein: "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,
              they are not certain, and as far as they
              are certain, they do not refer to reality."
    SGP4 may be mathematically precise, but the reality of human visual
    satellite observation means 5 significant figures is quite enough.
    I SAY GO MIKE!!!!
    This accuracy argument was getting boring and rather pedantic - I don't
    generate elsets or even report sightings in elset format, (yet), but it
    seems to me that if we can predict a visible pass with "reasonable" accuracy
    and ID UNID's based on the positional data we have easily available that
    SHOULD be enough to satisfy us.
    Surely none of us want to lose the "thrill" we receive watching an object
    crossing the sky and knowing that there are humans up there and/or that we
    put it there or indeed the thrill of seeing something that the military or
    others would prefer you not to.
    Watched a great pass of STS105 and ISS through a small break in the cloud
    this morning at around 6:34 - 6:37 Local time this morning, (exactly as
    predicted by H-A) - Another thrill.
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