Re: Any historic spacecraft?

Anthony Beresford (
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 11:06:38 +0900

At 07:52 PM 8/12/97 -0700, you wrote:
>The story got me to
>wondering if there are any "historic" spacecraft in orbit around the
>Earth or Moon -- Apollo 13 service module, LEM, etc.
>Rob Miller
>Coralville, Iowa
Rob, low lunar orbits are not permanent due to pertubations induced
by the concentrations of mass known as lunar mascons, which in a few
years lower the low points below the surface. 
The Apollo 10 LEM  was put in a very highly eceentic eath orbit
by burning ascent engine for 6 minutes. Just re-reading about it yesterday.
In 25 years anything wndering in orbits approaching the Moon and the
Earth has probably been ejected into a solar orbit.
Tony Beresford