Re: Lewis decay

J.C. Millot (papou@canl.nc)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 13:03:51 +1100

Hi all,

>The Los Angeles Times reported (from  the U.S. Space Command) the exact
>re-entry to be 11:58 UTC as the spacecraft was heading north again still
>on orbit 577. The exact location of re-entry was given as somwhere in
>the South Atlantic off the coast of Antartica.
>
>Facinating.
>
>I guess my question would be, as a novice, how long do these things
>generally stay up afer starting to burn up, as I am assuming Lewis was
>doing over New Caledonia. This particular case would have Lewis burning
>up for about 30 minutes or so (about a third of an orbit). Is this
>normal?

I second the question as the local media all asked me the same one together
with two others: for how long does such a satellite burn and if anything
remains, where did it landed ?

(I my mind I thought "I don't know but I am sure that the List does")

Jean-Christophe 'Papou' Millot - Computer and Network Consultant
from Noumea - New Caledonia (22d16 S, 166d27E) UT+11
email : papou@canl.nc    home page : http://www.chez.com/papou
Association Caledonienne d'Astronomie : http://www.mygale.org/09/ascala/