From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2012 - 15:48:23 UTC

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    No indication that 26398 decayed near here on the pass due 40 minutes or so before now.  
    As it was not an illuminated pass I am not able to determine whether it is still in orbit.
    (See Space-Track.for the reason for this being significant though a more exact final report might be useful and may follow!)
    Will take a look in case of decay on the next pass which, if it exists,  is a fairly low shadow entry as it disappears over the horizon but only 9 or 10 mag. (Coincidentally the decaying Explorer will be overhead about the same time but not expected to decay this early.)
    As it is early morning unlikely to get any reports for a while if 26398 decayed on the recent pass near New Zealand but out of my range.
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