Shenzhou 7's sub-satellite manoeuvring near orbital module

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Oct 08 2008 - 10:42:07 UTC

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    Over the past several days, the sub-satellite ejected during the EVA has
    manoeuvred back to the vicinity of the orbital module. Late on Oct 07 UTC, their
    range appeared to be within a few hundred metres. The SS is small, but may be
    observable using large binoculars or a small telescope. Angular separation will
    vary considerably depending on range to observer, and the object's position
    relative one another at the time. Probably much less than 0.1 deg. 
    
    I suspect SS may manoeuvre even closer to the OM over the next day or so. I do
    not know how long they will remain close. 
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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