Another re-entry (?): same launch, different part(s)?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Dec 02 2001 - 04:42:13 EST

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    This one is from the satellites.visual-observe newsgroup:
    >On December 1st, 22h23 UT, I observed a satellite re-entry 
    >over Belgium.  The observations were made while driving a 
    >car so are not very accurate.
    >About 10 objects of about magnitude 2 moved slowly from 
    >about south to about north.  
    >Does anybody have a clue to which satellite this may have 
    Strangely, the same object, 26990, seems possibly to be a 
    match.  I wonder if it was fragmented pieces from the 
    launch going over very low, perhaps heating up, but not 
    yet re-entering.
    With the one launched October 13, 2000 (00-063...), along 
    with "D", the platform, there were "E" and "F", R/B (1) 
    and (2).  We don't seem to have any elements for anything 
    like that yet on this one.
    Change topic.  There was a TV documentary called "Spies
    in the Sky" where Geoff Chester, a SeeSat-er, appeared in 
    one segment, talking about downloading weather satellite 
    images directly from a satellite passing overhead.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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