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post Jan 28 2008, 02:25 PM
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Pretty interesting stuff.

NASA is saying it's not a big deal. Others have crashed down before.

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post Jan 28 2008, 03:06 PM
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It will probably vaporize on re-entry. The first line in that article is funny as heck though! laugh.gif


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post Jan 28 2008, 07:48 PM
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Too big and too slow to completely burn up. There'll be alot of pieces coming down somewhere.
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post Jan 29 2008, 02:16 AM
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The next UFO sighting laugh.gif


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post Jan 29 2008, 09:26 AM
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^It wouldn't surprise me.


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post Jan 29 2008, 10:03 AM
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As long as it's not house bound...


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post Feb 1 2008, 03:27 PM
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This is a good site that'll give you straight scoop on the satellite without all the hype... Altitude and corrent position, etc.

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post Feb 2 2008, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE(Sagebrusher @ Jan 28 2008, 06:48 PM) *
Too big and too slow to completely burn up. There'll be alot of pieces coming down somewhere.


It has to burn due to the fact that it will go into roughly 4000-5000 degree heat. Put that with probly millions of gallons of ROCKET fuel it would have to explode. In other words it will probly I don't what to
say here ummmm rain down as ash. Of course if UFO's can make I guess it could. laugh.gif


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post Feb 3 2008, 02:28 AM
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QUOTE(Zachary @ Feb 2 2008, 09:22 PM) *
It has to burn due to the fact that it will go into roughly 4000-5000 degree heat. Put that with probly millions of gallons of ROCKET fuel it would have to explode. In other words it will probly I don't what to
say here ummmm rain down as ash. Of course if UFO's can make I guess it could. laugh.gif

Generally satellite's don't have combustable fuel stores on board, and even if there is some combustable fuel on board it is not in the range of millions of gallons. It just costs too much money to put a pound of equipment in space to waste the money on combustable fuels.


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post Feb 3 2008, 02:48 AM
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Actually, Zachary, you might want to check that website that roakey mentioned and you will see that I am correct. Here's an excerpt:


"What are the risks ?
Fortunately, the risk to people on the ground is extremely low. The Earth is large and two-thirds of it is covered by ocean. Most of the satellite will burn up in the upper atmosphere, but a few large pieces are expected to survive the re-entry and fall to Earth. It would be very unlikely for any of them to hit someone."

http://www.heavens-above.com/usa193.aspx?l...lt=0&tz=CET

I might also add that it won't exactly be burning, as in combustion, but heating up and vaporizing due to friction with the atmosphere.

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post Feb 14 2008, 02:13 PM
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Looks like they've changed their game plan. The military now plans to shoot the satellite down with a missile.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_.../dead_satellite


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post Feb 17 2008, 06:02 AM
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QUOTE(thundercloud @ Feb 14 2008, 02:13 PM) *
Looks like they've changed their game plan. The military now plans to shoot the satellite down with a missile.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_.../dead_satellite

I am wondering if trying to 'shoot it down' might not be more dangerous than letting gravity do is natural job.


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post Feb 27 2008, 01:43 AM
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QUOTE(mmi16 @ Feb 17 2008, 06:02 AM) *
I am wondering if trying to 'shoot it down' might not be more dangerous than letting gravity do is natural job.

Well for once, something went right.


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post Mar 4 2008, 01:42 PM
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post Mar 15 2008, 04:19 PM
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I was under the impression that we decided to shoot it down because pieces might have fall to Earth on forgien soil and we wouldn't want them learning anything about our satellites. Anyone know any more about this?


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