Re: ISS EVA to jetttison floating point probe

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Nov 04 2005 - 18:06:21 EST

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    First, a note of correction going back to Kevin's original 
    message -- the object is called the "Floating Potential Probe" 
    (which I learned from checking the link that Kevin sent).  If
    it's launched in its deployed state, it might be pretty 
    interesting, although it's not very big and will probably 
    require a telescope or at least big binoculars.
    Second, although I personally much prefer to use common names 
    of objects to stark catalog and designation numbers (because 
    names are much much easier for me to remember), there are 
    other people on this list who don't care at all about the 
    common names and never use them.  At least one person called 
    them "vulgar names" in hopes of discouraging their general 
    use.  Search for the terms "common names seesat".  Some of the 
    discussion was in 1998.  The common names are less reliable 
    than the numbers (although even those get officially changed 
    from time to time).  So I guess I'm saying that some people 
    might object to too much discussion about the common names of 
    objects, maybe.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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