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Originally posted by undo
K. this was the closest i could come to it as it was lagging really bad. Not sure if its because so many people are using it or what, but it kept timing out. It's big so I'm going to link to it instead of posting it in the thread
Originally posted by thedangler
you guys have done some sweet detective work here. are you guys going to publish a big post to sum up your findings?
i can't wait.
last night I found so many strange reports surrounding Aristarchus and what happened to Clementine that it made my head spin.
is there a way to find out if the Clementine Satellite is still in use today?
Originally posted by NJ Mooch
So is there a way to find out if the Clementine Satellite is still in use today? Since the pics posted were dated after it was supposed to be out of gas I begin to wonder about what is going on. Time for some phone calls or emails to be sent out. Playing detective is fun!!!
Originally posted by NJ Mooch
So is there a way to find out if the Clementine Satellite is still in use today?
On May 7, 1994, after the first Earth transfer orbit, a malfunction aboard the craft caused one of the attitude control thrusters to fire for 11 minutes, using up its fuel supply and causing Clementine to spin at 80 rpm.
Under these conditions, the asteroid flyby could not yield useful results, so the spacecraft was put into a geocentric orbit passing through the Van Allen radiation belts to test the various components on board. The mission ended in June 1994 when the power level onboard dropped to a point where the telemetry from the spacecraft was no longer intelligible.
The Aristarchus impact occurred relatively recently in geologic time, after the Copernicus impact but before the Tycho impact. The 42-km-diameter crater and its ejecta are especially interesting because of the location on the uplifted southeastern corner of the Aristarchus plateau. As a result, the crater ejecta reveal two different stratigraphic sequences: that of the plateau to the northwest, and that of a portion of Oceanus Procellarum to the southeast. This asymmetry is apparent in the colors of the ejecta as seen in this image, which is reddish to the southeast, dominated by excavated mare lava, and bluish to the northwest, caused by the excavation of highlands materials in the plateau. The extent of the continuous ejecta blanket also appears asymmetric. The blanket extends about twice as far to the north and east as it does in other directions, approximately following the plateau margins. These ejecta lobes could be caused by an oblique impact from the southeast, or it may reflect the presence of the plateau during ejecta emplacement.
Real Time Satellite Tracking
CLEMENTINE can be found in the following categories: Space & Earth Science
NORAD ID: 25978
Int'l Code: 1999-064B
Perigee: 607 km
Apogee: 620 km
Period: 97 min
Launch date: 1999-12-03
Source: France (FR)
Comments: Intelligence gathering, part of an experimental eavesdropping program.
Originally posted by makeitso
Intelligence gathering? Eavesdropping? 1999? Are there 2 Clementines?
You forgot the one where they talk about the color changes noted by land based astronomers during clementines photo times were ruled out as imaging problems.