Re: Naming the International Space Station

Phillip Clark (
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 08:03:35 +0000 (GMT)

On Mon, 21 Dec 1998 wrote:
> On a related subject:
> Perhaps I'm stating the obvious but maybe not obvious to all.  It was okay to
> use
> the names Zarya and ISS interchangeably when Zarya was the only component
> in orbit.  But now since Zarya and Unity have been joined it can only be
> called
> properly ISS or I suppose Zarya/Unity or Unity/Zarya.  I suspect some less
> careful people may tend to continue to call it Zarya.  But after they read
> this, they won't.
> <g> :-)

Playing Devil's Advocate here, the first element of the
permanently-occupied Russian orbital station was called Mir and the
subsequent modules were Kvant (1), Kvant 2, Kristall, Piroda and Spektr. 
However, the whole assemly is known as Mir (I use the Mir Complex), even
in US publications.  Using exactly the same logic and with the precedent
being set, the station which started with 1998-067A should be known as
Zarya or the Zarya Complex. 

After all what's good for one station is surely good for another ?

I will now don a heavily-re-enforced tin hat while people disagree with 
this logic ! :-)

Phillip Clark

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