RE: Centaur and NOSS payload observed

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 16:48:25 EDT

In my haste to prepare an elset in time for use tonight, I may have
misunderstood whether or not the Centaur is one of the two objects reported.
One of them seems to be a rocket, but pending clarification, observers should
not necessarily expect either object to be as bright as a Centaur.

The Centaur could well be in a lower parking orbit, with a NOSS apogee.

Thus far, NASA/OIG lists only two objects from yesterday's launch: USA 160 and
the Centaur, but there could be additional pieces that have yet to be

Ted Molczan

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