Very expensive "Junk"

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  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Thought this had some interesting trivia....(almost 5yrs out of date)

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  2. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that the story of the space junk is truly amazing. The US & Russia has been very lucky that no major incidents have occurred. Probably most of it doesn't cause any problems for spacecraft. It would seem that the real danger as mentioned would be for the astronauts doing space walks. That would be a very interesting job trying to track all that space junk.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Cool ad at the bottom for Eagle Lander 3D. Too bad it is for a XP system.
     
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    Seems like the sort of thing you'd notice immediately, or at least when your hand swelled to the size of a pumpkin. ;)
     
  6. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to assume he wasn't wearing it at the time... :p ;) :D
     
  7. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    The glove reminds me of the random one shoe you will see along the high way. I can never figure that one out, how some looses one shoe. I guess it is even more of mystery how an astronaut looses one glove. was he hanging it out the window to dry?:)
     
  8. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure there are some other things up there that are less recognized. What happens to an Astronauts waste dumps? Does it freeze, or boil?
     
  9. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    It freezes and boils until it gets cold (which since its boiling happens really quickly.) Once its frozen it starts sublimating. Essentially freeze drying.
     
  10. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    in the future i can see activists lobbying for space clean up.
    "we're ruining out future environment!"
     
  11. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps. The thing is that it all comes back down. There are some very good reasons to clean it up. One of the biggest is that it is more dangerous (in terms of collisions) to leave earth orbit than it is to go through the asteroid belt.
     
  12. emw macrumors G4

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    There's actually an organization that tracks this stuff. Interesting site.
     
  13. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Cecil Adams (world's most know-it-all-iest person) actually wrote about this on straightdope.com, it's a pretty funny article, i'll dig up the link later :)
     
  14. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    I would think anything smaller than the state of Texas would burn up too much to cause any significant damage. Afterall don't we get "hit" with astroids everyday?

    Mike
     
  15. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Earth yes, A few tons worth a day iirc. Space craft, no. Every satellite and space station is in constant threat from debris.
     
  16. weg macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing compared to the huge number of dead iPods that will be around in a few years ;-)
     

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