Pageos remains

ROB MATSON (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
3 Jun 1998 11:24:39 -0800

Hi All,

> The main "shred" of the Pageos balloon decayed in the Autumn 1996.
> It had the H designation ... The last time I observed it was on
> September 7, 1996 at 10:45 UT.

My records show a decay date for Pageos 1 Deb H (#08074) of
October 8, 1996.

> The following elements were obtained today from the OIG site. The A
> object is listed in the Molczan file, but the other two are not. I assume
> that they are relatively small pieces of the balloon.

> PAGEOS 1 DEB
> 1 02511U 66056D   98153.61211423 +.00000002 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 02762
> 2 02511 087.0136 038.8734 0013192 355.8635 004.2082 07.93352730925427
>PAGEOS 1 DEB
>1 02256U 66056C   98153.51664451 +.00000002 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 06720
>2 02256 086.9144 003.4308 0037393 338.0272 021.8932 07.93955947926029
>PAGEOS 1
>1 02253U 66056A   98154.44282985 -.00000599  00000-0  10000-3 0  6720
>2 02253  85.3768 314.4862 0907820 315.3262  37.7963  8.11500683483953

There are two others still up there:  #02255 Pageos 1 Agena D stage (1966-056B)
and #09468 Pageos 1 Deb AH (1966-056AH).  Both are in MOLCZAN.TLE:

Pageos (AH)      1.0  0.0  0.0  8.3 d
1 09468U 66056AH  98148.36777842 -.00000000  00000-0  10000-3 0   798
2 09468  85.1618 101.6953 1345973 275.5546  69.3982  8.02477836303850
Pageos R/B       6.0  1.5  0.0  6.3 d
1 02255U 66056B   98148.15190922 +.00000002 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 01860
2 02255 086.9640 014.9303 0048586 306.8597 052.7764 07.94761055926493

So five pieces in all. --Rob