Vanguard I Visual Observations

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Mon Nov 28 2005 - 15:24:51 EST

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    To the best of my knowledge, Vanguard I which was launched on 17-MAR-1958 is 
    still in orbit - the oldest man-made object still in space. Often described 
    as grapefruit size it would be a very weak object to observe but amateur 
    equipment in recent years has become quite powerful. 
    Has anyone on the List ever observed Vanguard I? Does anyone have a set of 
    recent orbit elements for Vanguard I?
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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