20390 flashing

MALEY, PAUL D. (paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov)
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 07:18:39 -0500

I observed a fair pass of (20390) Cosmos 2053 rocket body on 3 June 1999 at
0207 UT and it showed clear flashes at a rate of 4 or 5 per second.
Magnitude +4 at a range of about 900km. Can someone confirm this please? On
May 30, a better pass showed it as apparently steady in the east post sunset
according to my video tape. This was a western pass post sunset. On April
18, 1999 this rocket experienced a breakup producing at least 40 short-lived
pieces.

thanks,
Paul

Paul D. Maley

tel. 281-244-0208; fax: 281-244-1140
email: paul.d.maley1@jsc.nasa.gov
latitude 29.6049 north, longitude 95.1086 west, elev 6m