Re: Galileo IUS Confirmed

Rocky Harper (
Thu, 08 May 1997 08:44:38 -0500

On April 26,  1997 Sean Sullivan wrote:

<italic>About six years ago, the Galileo r/b caused quite a stir when it
made a 

perigee pass over Texas at about zero magnitude. At the time, we didn't

access to the whole elset database, and it took a little while until

identified it. (I think it was someone at JSC with access to the big

</italic>A lot if people here in Houston saw that pass on September 14,
1991.  It was on a Saturday night with clear skies.  There were several
star parties in the area because it was our "Fall" Astronomy Day. 
Satellite observing enthusiast were excited because there were predicted
passes for the GRO and the HST for all to see.  The Galileo IUS booster
appeared a few minutes before GRO which caused a little confusion.  But
we soon realized it was something else because it was traveling much too
fast and was much brighter.  No one knew what it was.  The GRO passed a
few minutes later right on track.  Later, the HST made a memorable pass
between M10 and M12 in Ophiuchus.  The JSC guy was Richard Rast.

  - Rocky Harper