RE: Decay of Mars Pathfinder rocket

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Thu, 27 Nov 1997 15:08:05 -0500 (EST)

Reply to message from 3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL of Thu, 27 Nov

>If you live under the reentry path, watch out... Back in January '97
>a very large piece of a Delta II 2nd stage survived reentry and landed
>near Austin Texas, just missing someone's house.  There's a webpage

According to the latest elsets from OIG:
The latest set =
1 24668U 96068B   97331.59238066  .06261115  24441-5  35273-3 0  7518
2 24668  36.3114  76.2220 0131370 228.2395 130.7124 16.17572770 47979

The rocket continues to decay but the apogee appears to be in the northern
hemisphere.  Would a rocket in an eccentric orbit tend to re-enter at its
perigee?

Cheers.




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