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    Brits Find Snoopy

    The Apollo 10 LM, Snoopy, was supposed to have been shot into solar orbit. British astronomers claim they have found it orbiting 50,000 feet above the moon. I find that unlikely, if it had remained in orbit, it would have crashed by now, due to the effect of Mascon's on its orbit. They are trying to devise a way to retrieve it.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...want-back.html

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    They thought they sent it into orbit around the sun (ok we all are, sure) and it's ten miles up above the moon? There are such orbits, no? And no atmosphere ...

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    From AFJ
    108:52:15 Engle: OK. We got ignition on Snoopy, Charlie Brown.
    [The LM Snoopy APS burn to depletion ignition occurred at 108:52:05.5 and the burn was completed at 108:56:14.5; total Delta-V, 3,713.4 fps (1,131.8 m/s), placing the ascent stage in solar orbit.]
    108:52:21 Cernan: Hey, I may see it out there; I'm not sure but I think I do. I do!
    So I'm not sure they found the ascent stage.

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    Brits Find Snoopy

    And the next thread is Brits Shoot Down Red Baron.

    OK, I think this is just bad reporting from the Daily Fail (act shocked). The newspaper has conflated the original orbit of Snoopy with the observations made by Howes et al. Nowhere in the story does anyone with the right background say that Snoopy is orbiting the moon, just that they found it.

    Howes started this search five eight years ago and he said then that the search arc was more than 135 million kilometers.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.fox...ost-snoopy.amp

    The Sunday Times is apparently the source for the Daily Mail story but I’m too lazy to sign up for the free subscription to read the whole thing.

    ETA: And Snoopy may have already gone to that big doghouse in the sky:

    Physical characterization of the deep-space debris WT1190F: A testbed for advanced SSA techniques

    Both these figures resulted compatible with the two prevailing candidates to WT1190F’s identity, namely the Athena II Trans-Lunar Injection Stage of the Lunar Prospector mission, and the ascent stage of the Apollo 10 lunar module, callsign “Snoopy”. Both candidates have been analyzed in some detail here through accurate 3D CAD design mockup modelling and BRDF reflectance rendering to derive the inherent photometric properties to be compared with the observations.
    More on the original search team and when it started:

    https://www.space.com/13010-snoopy-n...le-search.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    And the next thread is Brits Shoot Down Red Baron.

    OK, I think this is just bad reporting from the Daily Fail (act shocked). The newspaper has conflated the original orbit of Snoopy with the observations made by Howes et al. Nowhere in the story does anyone with the right background say that Snoopy is orbiting the moon, just that they found it.

    Howes started this search five eight years ago and he said then that the search arc was more than 135 million kilometers.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.fox...ost-snoopy.amp

    The Sunday Times is apparently the source for the Daily Mail story but Iím too lazy to sign up for the free subscription to read the whole thing.

    ETA: And Snoopy may have already gone to that big doghouse in the sky:

    Physical characterization of the deep-space debris WT1190F: A testbed for advanced SSA techniques



    More on the original search team and when it started:

    https://www.space.com/13010-snoopy-n...le-search.html
    So, while out chasing planets, that stupid beagle may have got run over by its own home planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    And the next thread is Brits Shoot Down Red Baron.
    As I recall, there’s still some controversy about that!
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