USA 86, 116, 129 elsets

Allen Thomson (
Sun, 20 Dec 1998 15:44:02 -0700

There's a current mini-flurry around the question of whether the pictures
the Pentagon has been showing of Iraqi buildings with holes in them were
taken by US reconnaissance satellites.   I've tried to check the passes of
the known spysats over Baghdad to see if sun- and look-angles are consistent
with the pictures, but, alas, the elsets are from the mid-982xx epochs.
Due, I suppose, to the season of the year and the boreal provenance of most

Have any of the austral observers (oz, za, etc.)  been able to confirm that
those three satellites are still in orbits consistent with the elsets from
2-3 months ago?