Re: what is this?

From: David Anderman (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2007 - 20:36:51 EST

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    This would be the upper stage for Arabsat, which failed to reach its 
    nominal orbit last year - the Briz-M stage probably contained over 
    half its normal prop load, and a seal must have failed.
    At 05:13 PM 2/20/2007, Dr. Tony Phillips wrote:
    >The explosion photographed last night by Gordon Garradd and others 
    >in Australia (see for several photos) has 
    >been tentatively identified by Jon P. Boers of the Air Force Space 
    >Surveillance System as object 28944, a Breeze-M rocket body blowing 
    >up. Later, he says, "on the other side of the world, our RADAR saw 
    >500+ pieces in that orbit."
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