record-breaking human achievement

From: Walter Nissen (
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 12:51:54 EDT

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    It occurs to me that tomorrow, August 27th, some human may have a chance
    to pass closer to Mars than anyone else in recorded history.  This could
    be someone at or near the sub-Martian point or someone on ISS.
    According to a very quick calculation based on a recent elset, this last
    might occur at about 2003-08-27 1005 UT.  Or possibly some astronaut on
    a previous mission, especially an Apollo mission.  There seem to be a
    number of potentially critical issues in making such a determination,
    and I think some of us here are among the most capable of, and possibly,
    interested in making the calculations.
    Walter Nissen
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