O.T.: Orbital Golf Shot set for Thanksgiving

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Wed Aug 23 2006 - 17:04:46 EDT

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    This is probably O.T. as we are unlikely to visually see this golf ball but I 
    just came across this report:
    	www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14483317/
    It states that the publicity stunt golf shot which originally had been planned 
    for June is now scheduled to take place during a spacewalk on Nov. 23. It 
    continues to state that NASA safety officers have cleared the stunt and that 
    the golf ball *will return to Earth's atmosphere in three days* .
    
    I'm not an expert at golf and wouldn't know how much delta-v a cosmonaut in an 
    EVA suit can depart on a golf ball but I would guess it takes a little longer 
    to come down. This reminds me about the press reports after the release of 
    Suitsat earlier this year when NASA was quoted as saying it would reenter 
    within six weeks. Well Suitsat is still up there (albeit winding down quickly 
    now). NASA PR might be said to be a tad off the mark with their reentry 
    predictions!
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    
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