Re: Decay of Mars Pathfinder rocket

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 28 Nov 97 06:44:36 PST

Using Alan's 97332.575 elset, I saw the Mars Pathfinder rocket during
a pass that culminated at 83.5 degrees at 6:11:34 PST (14:11:34 UT 11/28).
It was 20 seconds late.  As it passed near Gemini, it was dimmer than
Pollux but brighter than Castor, so I'll put the magnitude at +1.4
At culimination the range was 228km (141 sm, 123 nm).

 Craig Cholar    3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL
 Marina, California
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