Re: Decay watch: Mars Global Surveyor Delta 2 rocket

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 21 Jun 1998 22:48:15 +0100

The final published elset appears to be:
MGS Delta 2 r    5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            212 x 130 km
1 24649U 96062B   98172.61057825  .25917573 -12674-4  50392-3 0  2459
2 24649  25.2261   0.4471 0063288  80.7778 280.1115 16.38091883 71907

OIG now state that this decayed today, June 21, but give no time. In
fact, I suspect that re-entry came a little before 18:00 UTC (June
21.75), possibly as it moved eastbound across Mexico at about 25 deg N
latitude.

Alan
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