RE: Brilliant Mir

Jeff Hunt (jhunt@radix.net)
Tue, 21 Oct 97 08:08:26

Hello,

My *guess* is that the source is from one or more of the solar arrays.

I don't recall any large highly reflective surfaces on Mir other than the 
arrays.  The four arrays on Spektr (at the time of the observation) are not 
aligning to the Sun and may have presented an ideal reflective angle to the 
observer.  Following the internal EVA on Spektr yesterday, it is hoped that 
two of three operational arrays on Spektr will start tracking the Sun in the 
very near future once testing is completed.

Jeff Hunt <jhunt@radix.net>
http://www.satellite.eu.org/mir.html


--- On Tue, 21 Oct 1997 07:11:48 -0400  Bruno Tilgner 
<Bruno_Tilgner@compuserve.com> wrote in part:

>The question remains open whether these strong reflections are caused by 
the
>solar paddles (which are blue but flat and aligned) or the thermal 
insulation
>of the station modules (which is white and reflective but curved).