Fw: Shenzhou 5 OM - future decayer

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 14:50:15 EDT

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    Decay close to this location still appears to be a strong possibility, so I
    would appreciate any updates on TLEs for the Shenzhou module as soon as they
    become available.
    Unfortunately weather conditions in the last few days have been as expected
    unsuitable for observation most of the time, so I have not sighted this
    object so far (and the same applies to recent possible sighting
    opportunities for the undocked Progress, for GP-B  and the near-decay
    Centaur rocket!)
    We may have a clearance in the weather shortly, though the long term
    forecast is not good, but it appears that the Shenzhou module decay if it
    does occur here will be interesting with the object having a size of 2.80 x
    2.25 metres.and a mass of 1500 kg.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    To: "Seesat List" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 5:39 AM
    Subject: Re: Shenzhou 5 OM - future decayer
    > It appears at this stage that there is a reasonable possibility that this
    > could decay in or near our skies, or at least that we will see some low
    > altitude passes towards the end of its life.
    > So I would appreciate any info or updates as they come to hand.
    > Robert
    > (currently under morning mist with fine weather coming after many cloudy
    > days!)
    > ----- Original Message ----- 
    > From: "Robert Holdsworth" <robbonz1@xtra.co.nz>
    > To: "Seesat List" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    > Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 6:04 AM
    > Subject: Shenzhou 5 OM - future decayer
    > > 28049 2003-45-G Shenzhou 5 OM is on the way to decay - Decay Watch has
    > on
    > > 28 May (thanks Alan.)
    > >
    > > http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200404/16/eng20040416_140554.shtml
    > > provides some background.
    > >
    > > I have good prospects for observation of this satellite with an
    > inclination
    > > of near 42 degrees, weather permitting of course.  Unfortunately recent
    > > passes have been clouded out  (as have most other satellite passes.)
    > > Unfortunately it is the time of year when such weather is very likely
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