This was a real "first" in April 1994!

STS 59

During week 15 (April 1994), and for the duration of the flight of NASA's shuttle Endevour, we will be retransmitting NASA Select TV programming as relayed to us through the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In order to keep the load on the trans-Atlantic Internet link to a minimum, we do encourage viewers to use CU-SeMe in receive only mode and us the reflector closest to your site. Please do not send video to the reflectors. Special reflectors are provided for reception only on both sides of the Atlantic link:

In the US the video reflector at Lewis Research center.

In Europe the video reflector at Østfold Regional College.

The live video coverage from NASA Select can be viewed using the CU-SeeMe video conferencing software from Cornell University.Information about CU-SeeMe can be retrieved from the ftp server, or NASA Select is also provided on the more sophisticated Mbone net. If you are at an Mbone site, we do encourage you to view suttle missions that way, as our activity is purely an experimental effort.

Thanks to Dick Cogger and the team at Cornell for providing us with CU-SeeMe, Charlie Kline at the University of Illinois for Maven and Mike Baldizzi for the NASA Select programming.

An example of the video that can be expected from the reflectors.

An audio experiment using Maven is also being conducted as part of the relay effort. A hardwired relay arrangement is installed at the Østfold Regional College where audio received from Lewis Research Center is fed into another Mac for retransmission. The arrangement will not receive other audio than that being relayed, so this is also a receive only system. Audio can be received from the following sources:

In the US the audio source at Lewis Research center.

In Europe the audio source at Østfold Regional College.

If you find the audio cracking up too much for your liking, please disconnect. This is an experiment and should not be expected to work. European users, please do not use the US audio source as too many streams will put an undue load on the Trans-Atlantic link.

Other information related to mission STS-59

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Orbital elements for STS 59

These can be used with satellite tracking programs for tracing satellites. Programs are available from various sites on the Internet.

Date: Tues, 12 Apr 94 20:10:07 UTC
From: wxsat mailer 
Subject: STS-59 Element Set (94102.606)

The following is forwarded by the wxsat mail list daemon:

Subject: STS-59 Element Set (94102.606)
From: (Shuttle Elements)
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 94 11:15:11 PDT

1 23042U 94020A   94102.60601196 +.00019765  11068-4  10664-4 0   148
2 23042  56.9943 248.7421 0009326 283.3969  76.6081 16.21184650   526

Satellite: STS-59
Catalog number: 23042
Epoch time:      94102.60601196         (12 APR 94   14:32:39.43 UTC)
Element set:     GSFC-014
Inclination:       56.9943 deg
RA of node:       248.7421 deg          Space Shuttle Flight STS-59
Eccentricity:    0.0009326                  Keplerian Elements
Arg of perigee:   283.3969 deg
Mean anomaly:      76.6081 deg
Mean motion:   16.21184650 rev/day      Semi-major Axis: 6594.4697 Km
Decay rate:       0.20E-03 rev/day*2    Apogee  Alt:        222.23 Km
Epoch rev:              52              Perigee Alt:        209.93 Km

Gary Morris            Internet:
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