re: 91082A obs 19 sep 00263

From: Paul Gabriel (
Date: Wed Sep 20 2000 - 08:56:06 PDT

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    thanks for the reply...
    I haven't popped any popcorn lately, and when I 
    did the lid was opaque so I was not able to directly
    observe whether any kernels were crushed into tiny
    specks, maybe some were, maybe none were.
    typically some were burned...
    but I did follow Rob Matson's reply about potential
    for increased drag to lower a sat's orbit, thus causing
    an early appearance.
    does it matter with which gas I fill my balloon before 
    putting it in the freezer, if not, I will fill one with air
    and experiment tonight.  my guess is that the balloon
    decreases in size, and if I froze it to ~ 0 K, there's a 
    good chance it would be crushed in tiny specks upon
    removal from the freezer.
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    On 09/20/00 at 11:37 Walter Nissen wrote:
    > ("Paul Gabriel") writes:
    >> not obvious to me why only "early." why not some early, some late??
    >A somewhat analogous question might provide some insight:
    >     When adding energy to popping corn, why aren't
    >     some of the kernels crushed into tiny specks?
    >Or, going the other direction, put balloons into a freezer.
    >Walter Nissen         
    >-81.8637, 41.3735, 256m elevation
    >P.S.  Lest there be any confusion arising from the matter-of-factness of
    >my previous message:  The high pass of the dynamic duo of Atlantis and
    >ISS was _ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR_!  So was Mir the preceding evening.
    >Lightness has its place -- Giverny.  Look into it.
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