Mars Odyssey rocket

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Thu May 31 2001 - 16:53:22 PDT

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    	Thanks to a tip from Ed Cannon I was able to observe a good, near
    perigee pass of the Mars Odyssey Delta rocket (#26739).  There were thin
    clouds covering a good part of the sky, but the rocket was bright enough to
    be easily seen.  Its max brightness was about the same as Spica's (which it
    passed near), putting it about +1 mag (or that's what it would have been
    without the clouds).  It took less than two minutes to cross the sky so it
    was zipping along pretty fast.
    
    
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