a cornucopia of satellites

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Sat Jun 21 2003 - 00:25:10 EDT

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    Tonight I went out and enjoyed the night sky as I gazed through my night
    scope. It was about 10:42 PM local time when I saw two satellites moving
    northward diverging from the head of Scorpius.  As I followed them, seconds
    later a very faint very slowing moving speck of light came in from the right
    moving eastward. I found that if I held the scope still I could see objects
    moving that I would have otherwise missed.  Then another satellite came in
    from another direction.  Excited, I began scanning the sky and found another
    and another!
    Quite fun I must say.  I really enjoy the night scope view and seeing all
    those objects in orbit makes it really neat.
    I believe the first object was Cosmos 1674 R/B.
    Clear skies,
    Tom  Iowa  USA
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    P.S. Does anyone know who it was that said (in the 1900s?) that there was no
    propellant strong enough to hurl an object into orbit?  As I recall he said
    that dynamite couldn't do it and at the time that was the most powerful
    "propellant" known.
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