Two Progresses in orbit

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Sep 28 2002 - 14:51:03 EDT

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    Last night from the driveway of his house Mike McCants, his 
    wife, two of their sons, and I watched ISS -- about as bright 
    as Venus (?), followed by the new Progress (PROGRESS M1-9, 
    27531, 02045A, according to US SpaceCom), about +2.5 (?).  I 
    didn't get a time on their separation.  A while ago I heard 
    from my mother that my sister wanted to know what that was 
    following ISS last night.  Our ISS culmination on that pass
    was at about 0:50:20 September 28 UTC.
    
    On the subject of Progresses, the previous one will continue
    in orbit for several more days.  A SpaceflightNow story 
    explains:
    
    "Russian flight controllers have put the old Progress 8P into 
    an orbit away from the station. It undocked from the aft port 
    of the Zvezda service module at 1359 GMT (9:59 a.m. EDT) 
    Tuesday after a three-month stay, clearing the port for the 
    arrival of Progress 9P. 
    
    "The 8P freighter will remain in space for a couple weeks, 
    using its onboard cameras to observe smog and smoke over 
    northeastern Russia. Once the test is completed, the Progress 
    will be deorbited...."
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0209/25progress/
    
    Here's a current elset on the previous one:
    
    PROGRESS-M 46
    1 27454U 02033A   02271.64876157  .00034513  00000-0  31984-3 0  1093
    2 27454  51.6365 253.3517 0036822 272.6072  60.5285 15.66263343 14733
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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