I was just perusing the night sky using Night Sky (because it’s too cloudy to see the stars) and found three interesting facts:
The coincidence is that this particular rocket body was launched from the US on November 27, 1963 and was a prototype launch vehicle used to test performance and integrity. It is instrumented with 2000 pounds of “stuff” and is classified as “space junk”. Further examination revealed two additional rocket bodies hovering in the same exact corner of space, due south; all headed up into our night sky!
A day or so ago we had a poolside discussion about how space junk scheduled to reenter the atmosphere that night would generate thousands of shooting stars. We vowed to rendezvous in the middle of the night. Glad I slept in because it turned out to be a dud. But I am wondering if maybe tonite’s the night? There’s a bunch still up there! Go away clouds!
The second coincidence is that my father, an Air Force officer, used an Atlas Centaur launch vehicle from 1967 to 1972 to get his top-secret, military payloads into space.
Hope you had a good Memorial Day!