50 years plus ago

From: Greg Roberts (grr@telkomsa.net)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2008 - 06:14:10 UTC

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    The bit about satellite observing 50 years ago prompted
    me to dig into some old records and as far as I can determine
    I made my first satellite observation around 7.42pm South
    African Standard Time (17:42 UT) on the 10 October 1957
    when the rocket of Sputnik 1 passed over my home- at that
    time Glencoe in Natal, South Africa. It was a bright easy
    naked eye object and at the time I was a few weeks short of
    my 18th birthday. Predictions were supplied by the then
    Union Astronomer, Dr.W.S.Finsen of the Union Observatory,
    ( which I joined as a professional astronomer in 1969 by
    which time it had been renamed the Republic Observatory)
    I made my first radio observations of Sputnik 1 around
    about the same date(-Oct 1957.)
    Even with fantastic advances in medicine etc I am reasonably
    confident I will not be around to celebrate my 100th year of
    observing satellites :-))
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