Re: Columbia debris in Joshua Tree?? Get real...

From: Steven Rogers (
Date: Wed Feb 05 2003 - 14:47:34 EST

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    On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 12:10 PM, Markus Mehring wrote:
    > On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 08:16:00 -0800, you ("Dale Ireland"
    > <>) wrote:
    >> I don't have a map here so I don't know how far Joshua tree is from 
    >> the
    >> reentry path but I watched the debris cloud on weather radar and it 
    >> was
    >> visible for 9 hours drifting ENE in upper level winds and covering a 
    >> huge
    >> area that was not originally below the reentry ground track.
    > As Rob told me, Joshua Tree is about 400km south of the Shuttle 
    > re-entry
    > ground track in California. No way a piece of debris could possibly 
    > have
    > landed or drifted there.
    The object would need about a 6:1 glide ratio, which seems unlikely, 
    but not outrageous.
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