ERS-2 high res OBS, Aug 24

From: Ralf Vandebergh (
Date: Fri Aug 27 2010 - 12:29:38 UTC

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    subject: ERS-2  23560 1995-021-A) high res OBS, Aug 24
    European remote sensing satellite 2 (ERS 2) captured during a
    79.6 WSW pass on Aug 24 in good seeing conditions. 
    The elongated shape of the body is visible well and was
    visible in all frames at least during closest approach.
    ERS-2 is the successor of the ERS-1 and was launched 1995
    from French Guiana with an Ariane. It's gyroscopes are
    not working since early 2001 while the tape drive aboard 
    failed on June 22, 2003. Due to this problem the satellite
    is now only operational in sight of a ground station.
    Ralf Vandebergh
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