RE: Hayabusa listing

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Tue Nov 29 2005 - 00:55:39 EST

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    George Olshevsky wrote:
    > 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?
    The geomagnetic field would have been expected to fairly quickly slow its
    The following web page has flash observations of 1963-047A dating back to 1964,
    when Pierre Neirinck report a period of 16 s. Today, its period is greater than
    one minute.
    Ted Molczan
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