funny story about STS81

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 19 May 1997 11:15:58 +0200 (MET DST)

>About 15 minutes later Russian commander Vaseli Tsibliyev told Russian
>flight controllers that he saw the Kennedy Space Center at the same time we
>were watching Mir.
>Hmm, so he was watching me from Mir while I was watching him from the
ground ...
>Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//]

There is a funny story about the previous STS81 Shuttle Mir docking:

Early in the morning of January 15, 1997 I decided to look for Mir and
Atlantis to check if docking had succeeded.  At the same time there was a
live broadcasting of the event on CNN and the crew were preparing to meet
each other after docking was established.  Suddenly all communications with
Mir and the Space shuttle were lost and the commentator told us that live TV
pictures were not possible because they were not in reach of a ground
station or a communications satellite and that should be restored in a few
minutes from now.
At the same time there was an overhead passage of the two spacecraft and a
went outside to look for them.  And yes, they were there and I wondered why
they couldn't contact Mir as I was seeing them right above me.  After that I
went back inside and contact was still not re-established.  A few minutes
later it was...

Tristan Cools
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