Sputnik 2 (was: Re: Sputnik 1 sighting ???)

From: Markus Mehring (m.m@gmx.de)
Date: Wed Nov 06 2002 - 08:28:23 EST

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    On Tue, 05 Nov 2002 22:36:35 +0100, you (Tristan Cools
    <tristan.cools@skynet.be>) wrote:
    >Below you will find a story about the first possibile satellite observation
    >of an American ever of Sputnik 1.  I have a strong feeling that Dexter
    >Stegemeyer in reality had witnessed Sputnik 1's rocket.  
    Yes, that's probably the case. Sputnik 1 itself quite likely was too faint
    to be (easily) seen naked-eye. My parents, knowing that I observe
    satellites, sometimes tell about the Sputnik shock and how everyone went
    out at night to watch it pass over (the pass times were given in pretty
    much every newspaper back then, not surprisingly). I've long given up
    trying to explain to them that they probably didn't see Sputnik, but its
    upper-stage rocket.
    But they also tell about how they saw "Laika", that is, Sputnik 2 passes.
    What about that? Sputnik 2 certainly was larger than its predecessor. Could
    it have been observed?
    CU!	Markus
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