[FPSPACE] Fw: Forced reentry of Cosmos 2495

Phillip Clark phillipclark at btinternet.com
Mon Sep 8 19:31:54 EDT 2014

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From: "Björn Gimle via Seesat-l" <seesat-l at satobs.org>
To: "SeeSat" <SeeSat-L at satobs.org>
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 9:54 PM
Subject: FW: Forced reentry of Cosmos 2495

> Rob Matson sent me the following info, of which I was not aware otherwise:
> ...I do occasionally check the archives to see if interesting events that
> I’m aware of have been brought up there. I was VERY surprised to see that
> no one has mentioned the spectacular administrative decay of Cosmos 2495
> three nights ago over Colorado and Wyoming!
> It was witnessed by hundreds of people and the debris cloud is very
> impressive on Doppler radar (a snapshot of which I’ve attached). That
> drifting debris cloud is visible for over half an hour in radar images 
> from
> Denver and Cheyenne. A little surprising to me that the Russians would
> command destructive reentry to occur over land rather than ocean –
> especially over CONUS – when some pieces of the 6.7-ton satellite will
> likely survive to the ground.
> ...
> The reentry occurred at around 10:30 *pm* local time Sep.2, so not a 
> daytime
> reentry.  Feel free to post my comments to SeeSat with my name.
> I'll be a little surprised if there wasn't at least one list member who
> witnessed it.
> [Image is about 500kB]
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