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[space] A Rocket From 1966 Has Found Its Way Back to Earth’s Orbit‘Chodas sent out an email alert to his fellow astronomers around the world so everyone could help track 2020 SO’s progress over the next few months as it moved closer and closer to Earth. Follow-up spectroscopy observations yielded insight into the object’s composition, and the spectrum data was consistent with the stainless steel used to manufacture Centaur rocket boosters in the 1960s. But the hypothesis wasn’t yet a slam dunk, although the small discrepancies in the data could be explained by the weathering of the steel after 54 years of exposure to harsh space weather…’

A Long-lost Rocket Returns to Earth Orbit

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 11:45 am and is filed under Space.

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