Satellite could plummet to Earth

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  1. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/science/nature/7211443.stm

    things like this make me think about the negatives of orbiting objects in space.
     
  2. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't read too much into it, i think the chance of this happening is just as good as any of the space junk out there. We've really littered it up.
     
  3. MacNut macrumors Core

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    By spy satellite they mean "weather balloon".:p
     
  4. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Don't worry. By the time it passes through the atmosphere it will be no bigger than a Chihuahua's head.
     
  5. MacNut macrumors Core

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    That depends on the way it falls. If they can't control it they can't say exactly how it will fall. MIR was brought down slowly and at the right angle to cause proper burn up. Plus it fell into the ocean. Who knows where this thing could land.
     
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

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    What's the difference between large and "large"?

    I told my wife that, just to be safe, I need to stay indoors at my computer, and not risk going outside, for the next few months.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I think we should all start a pool and place bets on where this thing will land.

    I'll take the Pacific Ocean.
     
  8. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    Nice try, I'll pick the ocean. ;)
     
  9. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    In that case, I'll take the Earth. ;)

    I win. :p
     
  10. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    I pick that it will burn up in the Atmosphere, at least I have a small chance of winning this.:p
     
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    I hope it does, because that was genius.
     
  13. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    If you are referring to the TacoBell promotion, that was absolute chaos in our area. There was a TacoBell in an already busy area, and it made the backups all the way to the home Depot two miles away. Most of the parking lot was a line.
     
  14. DC007 macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. This could be blown a little over board. Something like a Stallite wouldn't do much damage anyway, providing that its entrance into the ozone layer would tear it to shreds.
     
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    That's even crazier than the one I went to in Walpole on Rt.1 for my Tacoby Bellsbury taco. :eek:
     
  16. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    This was the one on the Norwell/Hingham line (I believe that it is actually in Norwell), and the traffic made it all the way to the Home Depot two miles away in Rockland.
     
  17. juanm macrumors 65816

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    What's this thing about Taco bell? Every time a satellite burns in the atmosphere they give free tacos away? :confused:
     
  18. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    What's that commercial (UK only) where the guy spends ages parking in a safe and secluded spot, then a satellite lands on his car?

    This story reminded me of that :D
     
  19. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    IIRC they built a giant target, and if the satellite hit it, free taco day.
     
  20. Chillijam macrumors member

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    True, but depending what kind of orbit this thing is in, it could end up being the size of a chihuahua's head, travelling at mach 14 or 15. I wouldn't want to be in it's way, I can tell you.

    Anyway, I'm actually with the sentiment of this post. Don't worry. Even if it makes it to the surface intact, it will be far more likely to hit an unpopulated area than a populated one.

    <crosses fingers /> ;)
     
  21. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    Am I really the only one thinking Cloverfield here?

    Spoiler - #1

    Spoiler - #2

    Spoiler - #3


    I'm not too worried about the whole crashing to Earth thing, just the timing is rather funny to coincide with that movie :D
     
  22. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart's_Comet
     
  23. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    This is all fear, uncertainty and doubt.

    The chances of this satellite injuring someone is 1 in a trillion! (I didn't make that figure up!)

    Anyone worried about this should realise that you are much much much more likely to die from hitting your head on your toilet bowl than this. :p
     
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