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Re: Farewell SO-43 -- SK tonight



Hi all:  Has it been determined that SO-43 re-entered?  We visually
attempted to see Starshine last night (22 Jan at 0413 UTC) but saw
nothing from Central California.         Cliff K7RR

Richard W L Limebear wrote:
> 
> Tom (via amsat-bb for info of all)
> 
> W3IWI wrote:
> > Tonite sees the re-entry of a very interesting amateur satellite -- SO-43
> > (21 Jan 2003 @ 04:37 UTC, in the Pacific west of Costa Rica).
> >
> > Launched September 30, 2001 from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island,
> > Alaska aboard Athena I. Orbit: 500 km, 67 degree circular.
> >
> > Starshine 3 is nearly a meter in diameter (37 inches), weighs 91 kilograms
> 
> Stupid question:
> Maybe I'm missing something here ... but WHY is it coming down so soon. I'd
> expect it to stay up for another ten years or so. Possible reasons could be
> human intervention; elliptical orbit; extremely low mass, but none of these
> seem to apply in this case. After all, Bob's PC-sat ain't coming home yet
> (or is it ?)
> 
> 73
> Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
> g3rwl@amsat.org
> FOC # 1188
> 
>           So many beautiful girls ..... (sob) so little time
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