Shenzhou 9 and Tiangong 1

From: Bob Christy (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2012 - 09:51:49 UTC

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    Hello All
    SpaceTrack still doesn't have the Shenzhou Orbital Module in the 
    catalogue. Tiangong 1 is also still close to the orbit that Shenzhou was 
    in before it re-entered.
    A possibility arises that Tiangong and the OM could be station-keeping. 
    If close enough together, ground-based tracking sensors might not be 
    able to differentiate them sufficiently to measure the OM orbit, hence 
    no catalogue number yet.
    They are giving visible passes over the US and New Zealand at the 
    moment. Has anyone observed either since Shenzhou 9 landed on Jun 29?
    Bob Christy
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