Re: Where's Mir?

Dave Mullenix (djmullen@facstaff.wisc.edu)
Tue, 19 Dec 1995 18:05:54 -0600

>I looked for Mir on Dec. 14th using a TLE dated 342.555 and didn't see
>anything.  It may have been in eclipse, but Traksat said it should be in
>sunlight until after it passed over my area.  It's been cloudy ever
>since so I haven't been able to look for it since then.  But a friend
>in Memphis looked for it on Dec. 16th and saw nothing at the predicted
>time, but between 5 and 10 minutes later a bright satellite passed
>over.  It wasn't Progress, since Progress had not been launched yet.

It's been cloudy here too, but I listened to it come over last Saturday and
it was about ten minutes late then too.  I think the orbital elements are
off. 

Mir just reboosted, but according to reports they only raised their orbit
by a few km.  Maybe they've fired their rockets again?

Dave Mullenix