Two encounter w/STS-88

Matson, Robert (
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 17:31:14 -0800

Hi All,

Don't know if anyone has a way of getting a message to the
Shuttle crew, but I've identified two bright satellites that will
be making close passes to the Shuttle/ISS in the next 48

The first will be Cosmos 100 R/B, which is currently predicted
to come within 85 km of the Shuttle at 20:33:27 UTC Dec 10.
The booster will be flying through the bowl of the Big Dipper
at around magnitude -1 as seen by the astronauts.  Both the
booster and the Shuttle will be sunlit at the time; the booster
will be about 25 kilometers higher.

The second encounter is with Cosmos 895 R/B, currently predicted
to come within 20 km of the Shuttle at 1:32:29 UTC Dec 12.
Predicted magnitude is -3; the location will be between the
Little Dipper (Ursa Minor) and Vega.  The track passes close
to eta-Draconis from the astronaut's perspective.  Cosmos 895 R/B
will be about 15 km higher than the Shuttle.