Russell Eberst's Unknown of 4 April may be 99057C,or a new fragment of it.

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 13:41:47 PDT

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    On Sat, 8 Apr 2000, Daniel Deak wrote:
    > Ted Molczan wrote:
    > If 99057C has broken up, then I would think that NORAD would have released
    > some elements of fragments by now. The absence of such, argues against a
    > break-up.
    No break-up notices have been issued from the NASA JSC's orbital debris
    group for this objects, although I am aware that the chief scientist there
    has been out-of-town recently so there might be a delay.
    However, remember that following any break-up plenty of debris pieces 
    might be tracked which are either not immediately catalogued or never
    cataloged.   New debris can wait many months before it appears in the
    USSPACECOM listings - a problem which I believe to be more bureaucratic
    rather than a desire on anyone's part to withold the data.
    Phillip Clark
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