RE: Fragmentation of 99057C

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Sun Apr 09 2000 - 12:03:13 PDT

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    Russell Eberst wrote:
    
    > There is further evidence that many fragments have appeared in orbit
    > due to the disintegration of 99-57C #25942.  The evidence is
    > found in the
    > already published elements for 99-57D #26112 (see below).
    > This seems to be
    > the first object from the break-up to have its orbit published.
    
    Thankfully, Russell has found the evidence that I had overlooked.
    
    I had looked for recent pieces from this launch in some of the latest
    comprehensive elset files, but it had already decayed (31 March) prior to their
    compilation. It does appear in several earlier files. I SHOULD have queried
    NASA/OIG's database for pieces beyond the original three; it does include this
    object.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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