Re: Space Junk

John C. Broman, Jr. (john.broman@gsfc.nasa.gov)
Wed, 29 Nov 1995 23:23:43 -0500

>	Does anyone know where the discarded Apollo objects are and can 
>they be seen? I'm not only talking about boosters in Earth's orbit but 
>also about the abandoned "lunar modules" that are "let go" long before 
>the capsule re-enters the atmosphere. Do the lunar modules continuing to 
>orbit between earth and moon, are they orbiting only Earth?????


Kenny,

The luner module is jettisoned prior to leaving lunar orbit, so it never
returns anywhere near earth.  I'm not sure of the orbital status of the old
service modules, though.

An exception to this is the lunar module of Apollo 9, which was piloted (for
the first time) in earth orbit by Rusty Schweikart, who happens to now work
for the same NASA contractor I do: CTA Incorporated.

John Broman
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