Re: Unity is 1998-069 F, NORAD 25575

Allen Thomson (thomsona@dzn.com)
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 19:11:46 -0700

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Fredrick <rfredric@tfs.net>
To: Allen Thomson <thomsona@dzn.com>
Cc: SeeSat-L <seesat-l@blackadder.lmsal.com>
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1998 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: Unity is 1998-069 F, NORAD 25575


>Hi Allen,
>
>I couldn't agree more. The assigning of separate identities to a single
>object such as MIR or ISS is more than "slightly wierd." There is
>another issue in this case. I think that all of the MIR components were,
>at one time or another, free flying objects. Unity was always attached
>either to the shuttle or to Zarya. So how can it ever be considered an
>independently identifiable object?


The only semi-logical explanation I could come up with is that they
anticipate
that someday it will separate for a while.  Or, "That's what we did with
Mir, kinda, so
why change now?"

Who knows? <shrug>