COBE junk

From: George Olshevsky (
Date: Sat Jan 07 2006 - 20:07:31 EST

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    Does anyone have an idea about the nature of the rather extensive list
    of debris associated with the COBE spacecraft (Cosmic Background
    Explorer)? Perhaps mylar flakes from the receiver antenna covering
    (assuming I've interpreted the nature of the conical structure on top
    correctly)? This debris is apparently not from an upper stage on-orbit
    break-up. The first two pieces (1989-089D and E) are identified on
    Jonathan's website as a sensor cover and a dewar cap. It's F through
    CH that are the problem.
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