Another decaying Molniya

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Fri Jul 06 2007 - 04:49:16 EDT

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    20742 Molniya 1-78 ;;is close to decay.
    
    At present Calsky shows it as decaying at 2300 UTC over the Northwest of 
    North America.  Refer also to SpaceTrack for those who have access.
    
    We have a daylight pass at 2028 UTC but even if the object were close to 
    decay at that point conditions here are likely to remain poor.
    
    (For several reasons it is practically  certain  that the last Molniya did 
    not decay as stated by SpaceTrack - the track shown by 
    http://www.reentrynews.com
    seems to make a lot more sense, showing a decay on 2 July before it appears 
    it was due to pass over the Tasman Sea between here and Australia.)
    
    Robert
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    174.948E
    41.261S
    
    
    
    
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