Terra Sar X and Tandem X flare

From: Mal Ninnes (meso@iinet.net.au)
Date: Mon Aug 06 2012 - 11:40:26 UTC

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    Hi all,
    After watching the awesome MSL landing via NASA TV earlier today, I decided to point out Mars to my wife and eldest son tonight.  What a nice surprise when a closely-spaced pair of very bright unknowns streaked between Saturn and Mars, flaring to approx -2 (most likely brighter) for approx 10-15 seconds before fading again. Time was 08:27:45 UTC (Aug 6), which was 18:27:45 local (AEST).
    A quick load of the latest elements into Heavensat reveals them to be TERRA SAR X (31698) and TANDEM X (36605).
    Mal Ninnes
    Sydney, Australia
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