ISS Obs 19 December

Mir16609@aol.com
Sat, 19 Dec 1998 11:09:08 EST

The International Space Station made a brief but fairly bright pass in the
predawn hours here.   It emerged for the earth's shadow at 05:42:40 EST
(10:42:40 UTC) in the SSW abour 30 deg above the horizon.   Viewing conditions
were moderately hazy but the ISS was clearly visible to the unaided eye at
about a +1.0 to +0.5 mag.  Less than 2 minutes later it decended into the
heavy
haze.

Even before the frist element of the ISS was launched there has been some
discussion on naming the ISS to something less dry and impersonal than the
ISS.

My 2 cents: How about "Space Station Zulu"?   The "Zulu" part is derived from
"Zarya" and "Unity"      It's fairly cool sounding (at least in English) and
carries no particular politcal agenda.  Also (and no less important) "SSZ"
makes for a terrible acronym name.  

Cheers.
Don Gardner
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