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dk54321
2004-Jan-19, 07:45 PM
Is there an easy way to look up when various satellites deorbited?

Fraser
2004-Jan-19, 09:45 PM
The Encyclopedia Astronautica is a pretty great resource for this:

http://www.friends-partners.ru/partners/mw...de/spaceflt.htm (http://www.friends-partners.ru/partners/mwade/spaceflt.htm)

I didn't see the answer to your question, though.

TheThorn
2004-Jan-20, 02:25 AM
Originally posted by dk54321@Jan 19 2004, 07:45 PM
Is there an easy way to look up when various satellites deorbited?
I think one of the best resources for satellite decay information is Alan Pickup's (http://www.wingar.demon.co.uk/satevo/dkwatch/) Decay Watch page. Recent decayers and predictions of upcoming events are listed. Watch it and maybe you'll get to see a decay. I don't think anyone has yet seen a decay that they deliberately tried to observe based on such a prediction, but you may be the first.

Not counting Mir or other controlled re-entries of course.

I'm not aware of any comprehensive listing of decayed satellites, but in answer to the question in the thread's title, No. Sputnik 1 decayed in early January 1958 (see this link (http://pub173.ezboard.com/fsubversiveelementfrm22.showMessage?topicID=30.top ic) for more details). A lot of people claimed to have seen sputnik, but it was awful small. They probably saw the booster that delivered it to orbit, which was much bigger and brighter than the satellite itself, and which decayed December 1, 1957. That link tells the story.