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ISS docking today




Mir / ISS status report

July 25, 2000

Zarya and Zvezda docking scheduled for Tonight, July 25 / 26.

By Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

The updated docking time is 8:44 p.m. Eastern Tuesday July 25 ( 00:44
UTC July 26 Wednesdy).

NASA Television coverage of the docking begins at 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday and
can also be viewed on the agency's Human Spaceflight Website at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

The third module of the ISS was successfully launched on July 12 from
the Baikonur Cosomodrome in Kazakhstan.  The Zvezda module is currently
flying in orbit, slowly closing in on the two existing modules of the
ISS.  After this module successfully docks, there will be a sufficient
number of ISS modules to allow a full time crew to move in, later this
November.  The service module is now called Zvezda (Star in Russian). 
This module is of great interest to the Amateur Radio community because
it is the module with the four (4) antenna port feed-through
connections.  (No antennas connected at this time) And this is the
module where most of the Amateur Radio equipment will be located.

For more information about the modules current in flight, please read
the NASA link below:

NASA Status Report from Monday july 24
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2000/iss00-33.html

NASA Tracking of ISS
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html

Module overview
http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/ISS_OVR/assembly2_overview.htm

Time-Line:
Here is a NASA link for the proposed time line.  
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/flights/chron.html

Visible:
The ISS modules will be visible in the evening sky over Western Europe
this week and in the morning sky over North America. (please check your
tracking program for times for your location). At the present time (July
17) the two modules are 14 minute apart.  The Zvezda module will pass by
first, followed by the Zarya module 1 minute later.  I am interested to
know if anyone will attempt to photograph the two ships chasing each
other?
Note: (july 25 14:00 utc, the NASA realdata/tracking web page shows the
two ships 15 minutes apart, I will assume the web page has not been
updated with the correct keps)

Keps from july 24.
ISS (ZARYA)             
1 25544U 98067A   00206.42827294  .00025337  00000-0  24130-3 0  8673
2 25544  51.5812 309.9028 0005883 171.5818 231.8725 15.66625263 95778
ISS (ZVEZDA)            
1 26400U 00037A   00206.42338794  .00146067  00000-0  11922-2 0   543
2 26400  51.5794 309.9633 0012648 165.9688 194.1667 15.69517357  1949

QSL Cards:
The new Mir QSL cards have arrived from the printers and are being
distributed to the QSL managers.  I will send another memo later, when
the QSL managers are ready to accept new QSL card requests.  A sample of
a draft card is posted on the MAREX Web page.

http://www.siliconpixels.com/marex/MirQSLPageIndex.html


Copyright 2000 Miles Mann, All Rights Reserved.  This document may be
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Station Mir are considered public domain and may be freely distributed,
without prior permission.

DOSVIDANIYA Miles WF1F
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