RE: Apollo TLE to Keplarian elements

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 13:36:25 EDT

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    Dale Ireland wrote:
    
    > I wanted to plot the position of the Apollo 16 Saturn IVB 
    > booster in trans-lunar trajectory (on the way to the Moon) in 
    > 1972. I obtained the two line elements, which I "believe" are 
    > the trans-lunar elements
    > 
    > 1 00601U          63174.97885867  .00885526                        27
    > 2 00601  69.8619 172.9878 0483667 138.6852 225.0868 15.21267116  1270
    
    The above elset belongs to a different object. 
    
    The correct catalogue number for Apollo 16 Saturn IVB is 6001 (1972-031B).
    
    I suspect that elsets may not have been issued, because there is no entry in
    Jonathan McDowell's archive:
    
    http://www.planet4589.org/space/elements/06000/
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
    
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