Re: Oldest SAT

Tue, 08 Jun 1999 00:28:34 -0400 wrote:
> I have lately become fascinated to know, "What is the oldest object still in
> Earth orbit?"  According to my latest Molzcan elset file, Vanguard 1
> (58002B/00005) is still in Earth orbit. 

Going with International ID, 1958 Beta 1 (5802A), Vanguard Rocket, is the
oldest object in orbit. Also make sense.  First the rocket went into orbit,
then released Vanguard into separate orbit. So I would say that Vanguard
Rocket is the oldest object still in orbit.

> My question for the group is, how
> easy is it to catch a glimpse of this ancient satellite?  

I've seen V2 and 3, and V1 rocket, but in spite of several attempts, I've
never been able to catch V1 in a 8" scope.  Very frustrating.
I also saw Explorer 7. That's 5 of the 6 oldest major satellites.

Jay Respler
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