Re: Space debris in Namibia?

From: Alan Pickup (alan@astrowatch.org)
Date: Thu Dec 22 2011 - 20:56:34 UTC

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    On 22/12/2011 17:19, Allen Thomson wrote:
    > Google Earth indicates there are only a couple of places in Namibia 
    > that could be, either in the vicinity of 17.5 S, 12.3 E or 18.0 S, 
    > 22.1 E. Looking at the ground in the picture accompanying the article, 
    > I'd guess it's the first of those. So did anything reenter there in 
    > November?
    
    The only non-debris candidate I can find in November is ERS 5 (#579 = 
    1963-14B), also known as DASH 1.
    
    Spacetrack reported the re-entry on November 11 at 04:01 +/- 40 minutes 
    at location 51.3 S, 346.6 E. However, using Mike McCants's Latlong 
    program and the final published elset, I get the following groundtrack 
    about one orbit earlier:
    
    UTC (Nov 11)   Latitude       Longitude
    02:37:00            19.3S            12.2E
    02:37:30            17.3S            12.3E
    02:38:00            15.3S            12.4E
    
    Season's Greetings to all SeeSaters
    
    Alan
    
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