STSS-ATRR not seen again

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sat May 09 2009 - 06:21:54 UTC

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    My sky began to clear just after my final pass of the 2nd stage, but in time to
    attempt to observe the final pass of the payload. It was due to pass near good
    reference stars located near az 298, el 20, on 2009 May 08 at 05:55:16 UTC.
    Predicted magnitude 7.2 +/-1 at least 1. Conditions were poor - haze illuminated
    by the bright moon, but with my 25x100 binoculars, I could easily see a mag 7.6
    star and less easily a mag 8.2 star in my FOV. I did not see the satellite. I
    waited an additional 7 minutes, in case it made a small manoeuvre, but saw
    nothing.
    
    It was also a no-show for me last night, in rather better circumstances
    (similarly crummy sky, but much higher elevation, and could see easily to mag
    9). Tonight's conditions were too marginal to declare that the object has
    manoeuvred; however, if no positive sightings are reported by ~14:00 UTC, I will
    post search elements as a precaution, assuming a manoeuvre soon after the last
    known sighting.
    
    The following are my and Mike McCants' latest elements:
    
    1 34903U 09023A   09127.88489887  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    05
    2 34903  98.9298 226.1078 0008205 251.8764 108.1511 14.06068508    05
    
    1 34903U 09023A   09127.88488268  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    07
    2 34903  98.9513 226.1446 0007714 220.9054 139.0944 14.06067719    03
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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