Re: Hayabusa listing

From: George Olshevsky (george.olshevsky@gmail.com)
Date: Tue Nov 29 2005 - 00:18:00 EST

  • Next message: Ted Molczan: "RE: Hayabusa listing"

    On 11/27/05, Ted Molczan <seesat@rogers.com> wrote:
    > Jonathan McDowell wrote:
    >
    > > Sorry to everyone, I think this is getting too off topic for
    > > Seesat. What's the right mailing list for discussions of
    > > cataloging arcana? :-)  Jonathan
    >
    > The satcat is almost indispensable to our hobby, so it is very much on topic.
    
    The Centaur 2 rocket body 1963-047A was apparently set tumbling at 48
    rpm by a fuel tank vent that stuck in the open position until the gas
    was exhausted, as a result of which it threw off pieces of its LH2
    tank insulation. This means it could still be flashing with a period
    of 1.25 seconds 42 years later (it's still in orbit). Has anyone ever
    reported seeing it?
    
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