Re: Mir, Progress and ?

Quinster7@aol.com
Fri, 30 Jan 1998 21:21:12 EST

In a message dated 98-01-30 21:16:31 EST, you write:

<< At 7:00PM Mir crossed my Zenith followed at 7:05.14 by Progress I
 assume.
 Following the 1st magnitude Progress by 10 secomds was another object
 about 3rd mag.
 The unknown oject was following Progress's path exactly.
 Anyone know what it was? I missed Soyuz I guess.   Jim Hale -  Kingston,
 Arkansas >>

I think maybe the first object you saw was actually Shuttle STS-89, the second
one was Mir (because Mir WAS lagging behind STS-89 by approx. 5 minutes) and
the 3rd object was Progress, trailing 10 seconds behind Mir.  This is exactly
what I observed from Raleigh, NC.  You just had the objects mixed up.  Also,
your magnitude estimates fit mine.