Re: Orbital objects hitting earth shadow?

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 13:02:23 PDT

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    Ron Wetjen wondered,
    
    > I wonder if it (they) might be remnants from the recent missle test?
    
    A reasonable speculation, though I doubt that was what was seen
    in NJ.  
    
    In the future, though, NMD tests might provide some sport.  The
    operational booster (not the interim one now being used) is going
    to leave the interceptor moving at up to 8+ km/s, and some of the 
    envisaged engagement trajectories will leave the interceptor in
    orbit if it misses the target.
    
    
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