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SCIENTISTS TRY TO WORK OUT ORBIT FOR STRANGE SKY OBJECT
National Space Surveillance Control Center, Air Force command and control development division, is trying to work out an orbit for a. strange object reported several times recently.
But the scientists here said that thus far they have had only one solid observation to go on the photographing of the object by Grumman Aviation Engineering Corp. at Bethpage, N.Y., last Thursday night. The center said today it has had no report of new sightings of the object.
Astronomers had reported seeing the heavenly body generally described as of reddish color and moving from east to west, but even the astronomers' observa
tions have not been precise enough to provide a good fix on the object.
Most of the reports have indicated that the body was moving more rapidly than the Echo I balloon satellite.
Lack of precise data has made it impossible to guess at its elevation above the earth. Its east-to-west motion, unlike the paths of man - made satellites, discounted the likelikhood that it might be "sky junk" from some earlier satellite.
Complicating the observation problem, from the standpoint of the satellite observers, are a variety of reportsapparently of other things moving in the sky.