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Originally posted by Zarniwoop
Even if it does hit a populated area, the largest peice should be about 40 pounds traveling about 100 mph. Now, I wouldn't want that coming through my roof, but really the odds of anything really bad happening as a result of this are huge to the "against" side.
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
I personally know someone with Space Command...
He just told me (non-classified info) that there is approximately 85,000 pieces of "space debris" floating around and every single piece is tracked. They know where every single piece is at all times.
I wonder how much of this space debris is falling to earth that many people think are "alien ufos".
I think sometimes I must be on the Heart of Gold spaceship powered by the infinite improbability drive from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. My whole LIFE seems infinitely improbable, to the point of being hilarious, in a pathetic kind of way.
I will be writing to you tomorrow from my husband's laptop, my own laptop having been crushed by a 100mph, 40 pound piece of space junk which comes crashing through my ceiling tomorrow morning, courtesy of the Space Station. Just watch.
Originally posted by Rocco21
I think NASA really dropped the ball on this one in terms of our safety,
AN outback farmer is on a mission to identify a strange ball of twisted metal - purported to be fallen space junk - which mysteriously turned up on his remote property.
James Stirton of Cheepie, 130km from Charleville in southwestern Queensland, was heading out to feed cattle on his 40,500-hectare property when he came upon the bizarre-looking blackened ball.
"It was just off the road and I had been going up there every couple of days to feed cattle so I would be surprised if it had been there more than a week," Mr Stirton said.
"We got a shock when we first saw it. I had no idea what it was."
National commission of Nuclear Energy goes to analyze the part to check for radioactivity. Sanitary monitoring recommends that the people do not touch the material.
A sphere, of about one meter in diameter, fell in a farm, Montividiu (GO), this weekend. The object was not heavy and was kneaded with the fall. Inhabitants of the region had not observed the moment when the sphere appeared. The National Institute of Space Research (Inpe) believes the hypothesis of the material to be space garbage.
The agricultural producer Sebastião Marques of the Coast said that the unknown part was hot when it was found. The sphere fell about 150 meters from a house and attracted many curious onlookers. Some expressed fear, others came close to venture opinions on the origin of the unknown object.
Pieces of space junk from a Russian satellite coming out of orbit narrowly missed hitting a jetliner over the Pacific Ocean overnight.
The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340, which was travelling between Santiago, Chile, and Auckland, New Zealand, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane about 10pm last night.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even the experts are having trouble explaining a solid block of ice that fell from the sky, crashed into earth and left behind a three-foot hole in the grass.
The ice fell at Bushrod Park in Oakland early Saturday when homeowner Jacek Purat of Berkeley was waiting nearby to show apartments to prospective renters.
"It was totally amazing. ... I saw this flash, like a streak. Then I saw this explosion, like a big boom! I came over and it (the field) was all covered with ice. Some were this big," Purat said, making a head-size circle with his two hands.
Brooks and Judith Mencher said they were standing on their back porch near the park when they heard a sound like a very loud rocket. "It kind of went 'whoosh!"' Brooks Mencher said.
The impact "knocked turf 20 feet away," according to Oakland Police Sgt. Ron Lighten. No one was injured.
Originally posted by Saf85
On the story though, I agree there should be some international effort to start removing the bigger chunks of debris in space. Maybe have the debris brough to one orbit place, mass them together and build some solar panels on the back off it all? Kinda like some mini solar powered moon base.
Government secretly assembled group to study unprecedented mission
By Robert Burns
updated 3:07 p.m. PT, Fri., Feb. 15, 2008
WASHINGTON - Long before the public learned in late January that a damaged U.S. spy satellite carrying toxic fuel was going to crash to Earth, the government secretly assembled a high-powered team of officials and scientists to study the feasibility of shooting it down with a missile.
The order to launch the crash program came Jan. 4, according to defense officials who described Friday how it came to fruition for a final go-ahead decision by President Bush this week. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the work.
The initial order was twofold: Assess whether shooting down the satellite with a missile was even possible, and at the same time urgently piece together the technological tools it would take to succeed.
In a matter of weeks, three Navy warships — the USS Lake Erie, USS Decatur and USS Russell — were outfitted with modified Aegis anti-missile systems, the ships' crews were trained for an unprecedented mission, and three SM-3 missiles were pulled off an assembly line and given a new guidance system.
The decision to attempt a shootdown was disclosed by the Pentagon on Thursday. On Friday officials said it could happen next week, shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis returns from its current voyage at midweek. Officials want the Atlantis to be home to avoid the risk of being hit with satellite debris.
The power it outputs could be used to power satellites, space telescopes or other equipment they build on the junk moon.
The National Security Space Office (NSSO) was created on 30 April 2004 by USecAF/DNRO memoranda merging the responsibilities and resources of the National Security Space Architect (NSSA), the National Security Space Integration Directorate (NSSI), and the Transformational Communications Office (TCO). The new NSSO was established to build on the functions and processes of the NSSA, the NSSI, and the TCO and to add new capabilities including National Security Space (NSS)-wide enterprise engineering and functional area integration.
The Early Ammonia Servicer (EAS), the largest chunk of debris ever jettisoned from the International Space Station (ISS) had a fight with Earth's atmosphere, and lost. Reports by amateur astronomers on November 2nd suggested that the speeding EAS had probably re-entered, as its expected orbital pass was not observed. Now calculations by US Space Command suggest any surviving EAS debris dropped into the Indian Ocean Pacific Ocean, 550km south of Tasmania, where any sightings of the resulting fireball would be unlikely…
People from the normally quiet and picturesque republic of Altai, Siberia keep their eyes on the sky when a launch occurs from the nearby Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan. This region is regularly littered with debris and toxic fuel from space launches, as Altai lies along the flight path of rocket launches to space. Unlike rockets launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which shed excess stages into the Atlantic Ocean, sections from rockets launched from Baikonur crash back on land, usually landing in the Altai region of the Kazakh steppe.
According to the Moscow Times, the Russian Federal Space Agency and Altai authorities have designated a strip of land where rocket debris is supposed to fall. People who live in the zone are given at least 24 hours' notice of falling debris. Only those outside the zone are entitled to any compensation for damage caused by the launches.
Originally posted by OuttaHere
You obviously haven't met ME. If anyone ever says to me, "Cheer up! The worst that can happen is x." -- Where x=the absolutely least likely, most horrible thing you could ever imagine. -- Then, almost immediately, that very thing is precisely what happens to me.