Laser firing

Maley, Paul D. (
Thu, 23 May 1996 10:53:16 -0500

I saw the rather intriguing message on the net this morning reporting a 
laser firing from STS-77.  I followed this up and talked directly with the 
Mission Manager at GSFC who is in charge of this experiment. Their team 
reports that:

1) the laser is very low power (5 watts)  and has no visible emissions. It 
is an infrared laser
2) the laser was not powered at the time of the observation
3) the laser is not directed at the ground; tests are being conducted with 
the PAM/STU at selected times. The laser was powered on briefly today but it 
was at 7:20 Eastern Time.

So, all of this would lead one to believe that the report was of something 
else. But, what was it?

Paul Maley