Re: Sightings!

jay.respler@genie.com
Sun, 31 Dec 95 22:53:00 UTC 0000

>Concluding, I feel we don't see enough sightings on SeeSat-L. I have no
>idea about what most people on the list are observing.
>Anyone agree/disagree ?

I don't need routine sightings like 'I saw Mir last night', but unusual
sightings such as 'STS seemed to have a tail', or 'Debris objects are trailing
Mir', are welcome.


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The following is more history than current observations, but I thought it was
interesting:

                              THE STOWAWAY CENT
                              by Thomas LaMarre

 Early dreams of space flight date back to the 1700s, right around the time
the U.S. Mint began making its first "pennies." Who would've guessed that one
of those pennies would play a role in space exploration?

 It was 30 years ago that NASA launched Gemini VII. The mission was flown by
astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell, Jr. and featured the first
rendezvous in space. Gemini VII and Gemini VI met on December 15th, and
orbited the earth together for several hours before separating.

 Gemini splashed down a few days later, but it wasn't until the 1970s that
NASA revealed a stowaway had been aboard. Her name was "Miss Liberty", and she
was a 1793 large cent--one of the first coins produced at the Philadelphia
Mint.

 Several different types of pennies were made that year. The first examples
had a chain of 13 links on the reverse side. It was supposed to symbolize the
13 original states, but critics saw the chain as a shackle and called it an
"ill omen" for liberty. It was quickly replaced by a wreath. "Miss Liberty's"
wind-blown hair on the other side of the coin was another problem. Many people
thought she appeared to be in a state of shock. Later in 1793 her hairdo was
toned down---and she received a cap, a symbol of liberty since Roman times.

 Not many 1793 cents survived into the space age, but a NASA surgeon managed
to slip one into a Gemini VII flight bag. He did it for a Minneapolis coin
dealer, who later sold the coin for $15,000 in cash and merchandise.

 And what about astronauts Borman and Lovell? According to NASA, they didn't
make a single penny on the transaction.

 This has been "Money Talks." Today's program was written by Thomas LaMarre
and underwritten by COINS magazine, providing its readers with the latest news
on the U.S. coin market. Money Talks is a copyrighted production of the
American Numismatic Association, 818 N Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs,
Colorado 80903-3279, 719/632-2646, ana@money.org, WWW http://www.money.org.


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Jay.Respler@Genie.com
JRespler@InJersey.com
Freehold, New Jersey