Re: Close approach of manned spacecraft expected

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Tue Dec 22 2009 - 08:11:27 UTC

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    Just noticed I state in the text below that it is visible and then say later
    that it is not.
    
    However you know what I mean so not going to correct the anomaly!- anyway as
    can be seen from the rest of the email there is some controversy over this
    point.
    
    Robert
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    To: "Seesat List" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:53 PM
    Subject: Close approach of manned spacecraft expected
    
    
    > According to reliable sources a manned craft that is only visible once a 
    > year just after the solstice is again heading toward earth reaching 
    > perigee of its polar orbit on December 25th and is likely to enter the 
    > earth's atmosphere.   It seems to be known as either Santasat (after its 
    > captain) or Sleighsat.
    >
    > It will initially pass close to my longitude some time early morning (as 
    > we are some of the first in the world to begin December 25th)  and then 
    > pass over the rest of the world during local darkness.    This is not a 
    > visible object, and in fact there are believed to be severe penalties for 
    > successful observation such as loss of observation of any gifts later in 
    > the morning.  However it has been rumored that the propulsion module 
    > designated "Rudolph" reflects light at the red end of the spectrum and may 
    > emit flares.
    >
    > There have been a number of unsuccessful attempts to reconcile the orbit 
    > using conventional orbital mechanics but it seems none have come up with a 
    > satisfactory explanation for the orbit and  for its capacity to land at 
    > many selected locations then relaunch.  Although the eccentricity of the 
    > orbit may be in question that of the pilot appears to be reasonably well 
    > established!
    >
    > Further reading on this subject can be found in the following Seesat 
    > posts:
    >
    > http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Dec-1997/0223.html
    >
    >
    > http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Dec-1996/0117.html
    >
    >
    > http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Dec-2007/0174.html
    >
    >
    > The thread commencing at http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Dec-2004/0150.html
    >
    >
    > I hope that some of the payload is jettisoned at your location, and that 
    > you are given clear skies. .  Most of all I wish you a happy and 
    > prosperous season.
    >
    > (As the latest Soyuz R/B is due to decay close to the same time I wonder 
    > whether there will be any cases of mistaken identity ;-)
    >
    > Robert Holdsworth
    > Wainuiomata
    > New Zealand
    > 174.948E
    > 41.261S
    >
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