re: Mir + Object

Philip Chien (
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 04:16:48 -0400

Dave English <> said:

>The object was the failed mirror experiment Zamora (?) I
>believe, it was round and about 4 meters across with triangular

Znamya was attached to a previous Progress spacecraft.  It got tangled up
when it was deployed and didn't open up properly.

The antenna on the recent EVA was just a mechanical test to evaluate how
the antenna would deploy and open up in space without any attempts to
transmit signals.  From what I've read the cosmonauts did not succeed in
opening up the antenna at first.  After the test the antenna was discarded.

I've got no idea what the antenna was made out of, its size, radar cross
section, or visibility.

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