On 3 December 2013 19:46, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: We were both a little drunk, but he was serious. I asked if the blob of > metal had been tracked in orbit? Zwicky said it was too small to track by > radar. So then I asked how they knew it entered orbit. He said they knew > because telemetry from the second stage rocket showed that it had fired the > shaped charge at the right altitude and right direction. > > I had not recalled this for many years; the party was in 1963. Consulting > the internet (which remembers everything, many of which actually happened) > I find that Zwicky wrote a paper about these experiments which differs > somewhat from my recollection. > http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/1801/1/zwicky.pdf >
That is seriously impressive, even if it was slightly after Sputnik as it turns out, he was still first to launch something at above escape velocity, so those pellets are presumably still orbiting the Sun. PS Another 50th anniversary (of your party). They are coming thick and fast at the moment, 1963 was a rather momentous year it seems. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.