Re: South Africa hit wil debrisfromDelta rocket

Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 10:21:13 PDT

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    >JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - For a while, it seemed as if some 
    >meteorological phenomenon was hitting South Africa. 
    >A metal ball fell from the sky Thursday onto a farm near Worcester, 45 
    >east of Cape Town, leaving an 8-inch dent in the ground. On Friday, 
    >ball a yard wide plummeted from the sky onto a farm in Durbanville, 
    >outside Cape Town. 
    >``We heard the sound of crackling thunder, yet there were no clouds,'' 
    >Philip Schew, a tenant farmer near Worcester. 
    >NASA scientists said the balls were garbage from a Delta rocket 
    >launched in 
    >1996. The balls had been expected to land somewhere in southern 
    Am I correct in assuming that the Delta rocket exploded BEFORE entering
    the Earth's atmosphere?  I don't think that a rocket could break up in
    the atmosphere, and one piece land at time index 0, and another piece
    orbit right in the Earth's atmosphere for an entire day, before landing.
    Jonathan T. Wojack                                           
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