Re: First Orbital Object - NOT

From: Chris Jeppesen (
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 18:09:18 PST

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    Not necessarily vaporized. Check in Encyclopedia Astronomica under project
    But, it is impossible for an object to enter a stable orbit like that. It
    would be eqivalent to having its orbital injection at ground level. Barring
    things like maneuvers and perturbations, an object will pass through its
    injection point every orbit. So this plate would have passed through ground
    level on every orbit. So the object would have to either be on an escape
    trajectory or hit the ground after less than one orbit.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: J. Lee Blanton <>
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    Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2000 5:03 PM
    Subject: Re: First Orbital Object - NOT
    > Sounds like a myth.  It would have been vaporized by the fireball.
    > Lee
    > >I apologize for this off topic subject.
    > >
    > >Recently I heard an interesting story that was a new one on me.  It has
    > >the undertones of a "modern myth" but I wonder if you have heard it?
    > >
    > >According to the story, the first human launched orbital object was not
    > >Sputnik but an iron slab capping a well housing an A-bomb on a Nevada
    > >site.  The story goes on to say it was photographed ascending at a
    > >of escape velocity at the time of a weapon's test back in the early 50's.
    > >
    > >Is this an old "Art Bell" story or is their an element of truth?  Did it
    > >straight up and come straight down?  Is it a myth?
    > >
    > >Again, I apologize for this off-topic note.
    > >
    > >Thanks
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