Apollo 10 Lunar Module-Heliocentric Orbit

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Apollo 10 Lunar Module-Heliocentric Orbit
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 12:20 AM
Would it be possible to spot the old lunar module that was left in orbit around the sun? This question is to start a conversation more than anything else.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 10:04 AM
Would it be possible? Hard to say for certain, but not hard to say that you and I wouldn't with an amateur's gear.

There was a curious space junk story a few years back of what was considered an Atlas booster from the Apollo mission that had returned to the inner solar system. It was based on the spectral signature of titanium white paint that was used on the booster stage. I am not so sure it wasn't de-bunked finally or rather that it could have been urban legend, but anyway it does bring up the old saying "what goes up must come down".

-David
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 10:24 AM
Though Often Far Closer to the Other Side of the Sun!, -if in a Solar Orbit, as Some of these Things are, -If a Strong Glint of Sunlite just Happens to be Reflecting our Way!, -I'd Think it Possible to Spot! Even by Amateur Scopes and Photography! Though Probably Not by our Smaller End Equipment. If in Lunar Orbit, -Then Quite Certainly! Well Perhaps by even our Smaller Range Gear! Here Too, -Such Perfect Glints of Sunlight!, -Shud Prove Most Helpful!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:40 PM
Helo,
Thanks for the replies folks. I know what your talking about David. It was determined to be the third stage of the Apollo 12 mission. It actually is still in orbit, it has moved away from the vicinity of Earth. If I remember right, it is due to come back in about 35-40 years.

I think that it would be possible to see "Snoopy" from Apollo 10. Just a little bit of history orbiting in space that the general public is not aware of.

I'm suprised that Robert Ballard of Titanic fame has not found all of the Saturn 5 first stages that fell into the Atlantic.

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