Re: Shenzhou 5 OM - future decayer (sighting)

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 14:49:46 EDT

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    I finally had a clear enough morning sky to observe this object, though I
    had difficulty with mist at the beginning of the pass.
    Under excellent conditions satellite was overhead  exactly as predicted at
    06:31:00, and although I have no means of measuring elevation, the
    prediction of 65 degrees from the following elset appears to be acceptable:
    1 28049U 03045G   04148.35757530  .01440290  85217-5  56127-3 0  7436
    2 28049  42.4093  81.0785 0014371 194.1706 165.8983 16.22655866 35645
    (Thanks to the person who has been keeping me "fed" with the latest elsets.)
    Satellite peaked at around magnitude 3.4 as predicted and did not flash.
    I lost the satellite shortly after this in my 7 by 50s, partly due to a
    rapid drop in magnitude and also because I was standing in a bad position in
    relation to a roof!
    Sorry I do not have time just now for a more detailed report.
    It is appearing less likely that decay will occur in this vicinity now.
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
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    From: "Robert Holdsworth" <>
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    Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 6:50 AM
    Subject: Fw: Shenzhou 5 OM - future decayer
    > Decay close to this location still appears to be a strong possibility, so
    > would appreciate any updates on TLEs for the Shenzhou module as soon as
    > become available.
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