Re: Mir + ISS simultaneously

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 14:23:45 PST

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    In a message dated Mon, 26 Feb 2001  1:21:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, Bruno Tilgner <Bruno_Tilgner@compuserve.com> writes:
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    On Saturday 24 February 2001 at about 18:20 UTC Mir and ISS were seen *simultaneously* in several parts of France and in Belgium. Weather in southern France was better than further north, so most observations were made in the south.
    
    As far as I know, this was the first such encounter (and also the last) which not only was a spectacular sight but had symbolic character as well:
    old Mir meets its successor, shortly before its demise.
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    Actually it happened at my location at 22:48 UTC, 31 December 2000.  The Mir was going from W to NE and the ISS passed  W to SW at a somewhat lower elevation.
    
    At one point they were within about 5 degrees of each 
    other near Altair.  I probably would have reported the pass but after all it was New Year's Eve.  :-) 
    
    ISS             20.0  4.0  0.0  2.5 d
    1 25544U 98067A   01004.30873843  .00068844  00000-0  62485-3 0  4646
    2 25544  51.5741 198.0621 0008300 307.9081  61.3632 15.67317597121445
    Mir Complex     32.7  4.2  0.0  1.6 v
    1 16609U 86017A   01007.48306713  .00114402  15775-4  40545-3 0  4115
    2 16609  51.6458 287.9958 0015970 204.8534 138.9286 15.88666885851337
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
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