RE: Near miss between decaying Soyuz and jetliner

From: Erkenswick, Tom M. \(JSC-DM3\) (tom.m.erkenswick@nasa.gov)
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 15:40:15 EDT

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    The warning provided by the Russians was valid and the Progress deorbit occurred on time, as reported at http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/extra1.htm.  If one compares the times, the near-miss event occurred some 8 hours prior to the Progress undocking from ISS, and thus 13 hours prior to entry and splashdown of any unburned Progress debris.  A posting at http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com (not a NASA site) forwards a New Zealand TV report that Russian officials described this event as being due to a "defunct satellite," thus decay of some other Russian object.
    
    Tom
    
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Robert Holdsworth [mailto:robbonz1@xtra.co.nz] 
    Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 2:24 PM
    To: Seesat List
    Subject: Near miss between decaying Soyuz and jetliner
    
    
    It has been reported that there was a near miss in the Pacific between a 
    jetliner and the decaying Soyuz recently released from the ISS.
    
    At the time of writing the story is available at 
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/latest/200703290635/near_miss_between_space_junk_and_jetliner_over_pacific 
    it may be there for a limited time but is very likely to be available from 
    other sources- I do not have time to check just now.
    
    Robert
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    
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