Re: Shuttle attitude MET day 3

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 12:56:11 EST

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    On Fri, 7 Feb 2003 11:21:51 -0000, you ("satcom"
    <>) wrote:
    >With the confirmation today that the orbiter was imaged from the ground to
    >ascertain tile damage , I wonder if it was during the 3rd day the initial
    >imaging took place?
    No, I don't think so. It was repeatedly pointed out by both Mike Kostelnik
    and Ron Dittemore that they were not expecting any significant damage
    caused by the debris impact, nor any safety of flight issues impeding the
    reentry (both is reflected in the MERs, so that's pretty much a fact), nor
    any substantial value that could be gained from any imaging of the Shuttle
    based on their experience with the technique from previous flights. Right
    now it looks like the imaging that took place from one or more USAF sites
    during the reentry was pure coincidence. Latter images also would be much
    more interesting in most regards, since they show the orbiter at a time
    when it already was in trouble, and I think it makes more sense to be able
    to see where that trouble really is going on. That is, what parts have
    fallen off the orbiter by the time those pictures have been taken, and what
    other damage might be visible.
    CU!	Markus
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