Ralf Vandebergh
Image taken:
Sep. 17, 2011
Location:
the Netherlands
Details:
Here is a recent true-color image taken in the last week before expected reentry. The typical striking yellow color of the main body and its elongated shape are obvious in the image. The tumbling motion as reported should be introduced during the last days, probably due to the lower orbit. I tracked the satellite regularly through the last 3 years and it always was stable before. 10inch aperture, manually tracked, videocam-eyepiece projection method.
 
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