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Asteroid probably a rocket body

28 May 2010, 19:01 UTC
Asteroid probably a rocket body
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Asteroid 2010 KQ: Probably a Rocket Body Don Yeomans, Paul Chodas and Steve Chesley NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office May 27, 2010 Trajectory of Asteroid 2010 KQ - March-Oct 2010 A small asteroid-like object has been discovered in an orbit...

Asteroid 2010 KQ: Probably a Rocket Body

Don Yeomans, Paul Chodas and Steve Chesley
NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office
May 27, 2010

Trajectory of Asteroid 2010 KQ - March-Oct 2010
A small asteroid-like object has been discovered in an orbit about the Sun that is so similar to the Earth's orbit that scientists strongly suspect it to be a rocket stage that escaped years ago from the Earth-Moon system. The object was discovered on May 16, 2010 by Richard Kowalski at the Catalina Sky Survey, and has subsequently been observed by many observers, including Bill Ryan (Magdalena Ridge Observatory) and Peter Birtwhistle (England). It was given the asteroid designation 2010 KQ by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge Massachusetts, who identified its orbit as being very similar to that of the Earth. Orbit refinements by JPL's Paul Chodas and amateur astronomer Bill Gray have shown that this object was very close to the Earth in early 1975, but the trajectory ...

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