|John Vasquez of the Naval Research
Laboratory prepares Starshine 1 for
vibration test. Photo by
Michael A. Savell.
Starshine 3 Re-entry Bulletin - January 19, 2003 (11:07UT)
If you are successful in witnessing Starshine 3's fireball, please send an email message to Gil Moore, Starshine project director, at email@example.com, listing the time that you saw it and where you were standing when it happened. Please also describe what it looked like and where it was in the sky.
We also encourage you to try to RECORD this visually spectacular event, if you have access to a film camera, a digital camera or a video camera. Click here for some suggestions from expert astrophotographer George Varros of Mount Airy, Maryland, USA for how to take images of the fireball with any of those types of cameras. If you have questions about these suggestions, please send an email to George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are successful in taking a film photograph or digital image or videotape of the Starshine 3 fireball, please send an email message to email@example.com, stating that you have such an image. Be sure to list your location when you took the image, the direction your camera was pointed and the precise time that re-entry took place. Don't forget to include your email address, as well as your telephone or Fax number. We will contact you with specific instructions about where to ship your film or digital image or videotape. George Varros and a panel of other astrophotographers will authenticate all received images and select the best one of them. The winner will receive from the Starshine project a beautiful prize, consisting of an International Space Station model assembly kit.
And now for the fine print. We need to warn you that the mathematical odds of the Starshine 3 fireball being observed and/or photographed by anyone are very small, since 4/5ths of the earth's surface is covered by water, a substantial portion of the rest of it is frequently covered by clouds, and much of the rest of it is unpopulated. However, in spite of those odds, we will appreciate your making an attempt to help us determine precisely where Starshine 3 ends its orbital life.We will be able to use this information to refine the accuracy of future orbit predictions.
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Last Updated: January 19, 2003