Odd TLEs for Object 26

From: j smith (zeus001002@earthlink.net)
Date: Tue Nov 15 2005 - 12:51:20 EST

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    Can someone explain why the TLEs for the Discoverer 5 capsule
    go back prior to the object's launch?
    
    http://planet4589.org/space/elements/00000/S00026
    (note: matches Spacetrack)
    
    This shows the first TLE for Feb 15, 1959 but
    it was clearly launched on Discoverer 5 on
    August 13, 1959.
    
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