Another LES-8 (76-23A) sighting

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Mar 27 2005 - 00:15:47 EST

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    I came across another report of 1x observations of what 
    seems to have been LES-8 (08746, 76-023A):
    It can be compared to Brad Young's of a couple of weeks 
    earlier and another that I received privately a couple 
    of days later:
    Here's some Lockheed-Martin information on LES-8 and 
    LES-9, including an illustration of the spacecraft:
    Compare that illustration with this photo (which seems 
    smaller than three-plus meters):
    Those images do leave one wondering how it could be
    bright enough to be seen without magnification from 
    geosynchronous range.  It and LES-9 were powered by 
    radioactive packages and have no solar panels.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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