Re: Whatever happened to 1963-055C?

Date: Thu Nov 03 2005 - 10:58:04 EST

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    In a message dated 11/3/2005 4:28:42 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, writes:
    >>The other U.S. gov't report that listed a C object must have  been in 
    error. Here
    is how it could have happened. Someone involved in  preparing the report may 
    referred to a list of objects sorted by  catalogue number, which would have
    looked like  this:
    718    1963-055A
    719     1963-055B
    720    1963-054C
    Object 720 was the C object  of an earlier U.S. launch, but someone reading
    quickly could have mistakenly  read it as belonging to 1963-055.<<
    This makes a great deal of sense. Unfortunately, the principals who  prepared 
    the report are likely long gone now (it has been 42 years!) and we'll  
    probably never know for sure. It might be a good idea to add a footnote to any  
    listing for the 1963-055 launch that object 1963-055C, which appeared in some  
    tables in 1964, does not exist (or was not a  payload).
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