Re: STS-75 TSS Tether Break

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPEPL)
Mon, 26 Feb 1996 13:14:58 +0100 (CET)

Bjorn writes:

>> A most unusual satellite to look at, to be sure; my guess it
>> will be quite ordinary-looking, though.
>Though I live at 59 N, and have not had a chance for a
>first-hand experience, I favour Philip Chien's views.

I am latitude challenged too, and I've never seen a tether.

>I took part in a discussion (at RPV) about a previous
>tether satellite (Delta launch), which in fact was observed
>as a beautiful needle (or even exclamation mark !)

At the first edition of the European Satellite Observer's Meeting
in Hasselt, Belgium, in 1994, a compilation tape was shown of
video observations of the SEDS-2 tether, which was associated with
a Delta launch. The footage was quite remarkable, and judging from
those video images the tether should not be a very difficult object, it
was naked eye if I remember correctly.

I know Paul Maley has videotaped it, but he's away from e-mail right
now. Any other Texans out there that have seen SEDS-2, Mike ? ;-)

   Bart De Pontieu <>

PS: A small administrative note. The 'latest' subdirectory of the SeeSat-L
archive had become too big to allow for 'grep' searches, so I had to split
it into an 'old1', 'old2' and 'latest' subdir, resp. containing the full-
text messages 1 to 499, 500 to 999, and 1000 to the current message.
So, if you want to search the archive for e.g. any mention of the word 
'SEDS-2', send a message to
with the word 'archive' as Subject: of the message
and in the body of the message:

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