Re: Hayabusa probe trip through the atmo in a short time

From: Robin Whittle (
Date: Sun Jun 13 2010 - 14:08:08 UTC

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    My wife Tina and I saw the reentry very clearly from about 25 km
    west south west of Port Augusta.,137.431144&sspn=0.004283,0.010986&ie=UTF8&split=1&rq=1&ev=zo&radius=0.38&hq=port+augusta&hnear=&ll=-32.627792,137.430382&spn=0.004283,0.010986&t=h&z=17
    I can't estimate the magnitude but at its peak it was much
    brighter than Venus.
    The whole sighting was (I guess) 20 to 30 seconds.  After the peak
    brightness the brightest object left a shimmering trail and for
    quite a few seconds a smaller, more pin-point, orange object was
    slightly ahead of it and slightly lower.  Later, the orange object
    dimmed and continued after the main object, which was blue-white,
    I have a picture 1/15 sec hand-held, but it doesn't show the
    clarity we could see by eye, with the two separate objects, with
    the precious payload returning to Earth, just as planned.
      - Robin
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