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things that go bump in the dark

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 09:19 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. " Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of its kind in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the crash, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday.

"We knew this was going to happen eventually," said Mark Matney, an orbital debris scientist at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA believes any risk to the space station and its three astronauts is low. It orbits about 270 miles below the collision course. There also should be no danger to the space shuttle set to launch with seven astronauts on Feb. 22, officials said, but that will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

The collision involved an Iridium commercial satellite, which was launched in 1997, and a Russian satellite launched in 1993 and believed to be nonfunctioning. The Russian satellite was out of control, Matney said.

The Iridium craft weighed 1,235 pounds, and the Russian craft nearly a ton.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 09:33 pm
Forward twenty years - Too much clutter to put humans in space.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 09:44 pm
@edgarblythe,
Trash Collectors in Outer Space - the next big comedy scifi movie Smile
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 09:59 pm
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

Trash Collectors in Outer Space - the next big comedy scifi movie Smile
the sky is falling
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 10:01 pm
Would someone please calculate the odds of this particular event happening.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 10:02 pm
sorry Chicken Little but I just dont believe you.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 10:05 pm
@dadpad,
dadpad wrote:

sorry Chicken Little but I just dont believe you.
as if you had a clue, fart face.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 10:09 pm
Last time this happened you yanks dropped your crap all over my backyard. Keep it to yourself this time!

Good to have your curmudgoenly old self back dys.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 06:14 am
These damn satellite collisions wil sap us of our precious bodily fluids
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Thu 12 Feb, 2009 09:58 am
President Obama is looking for ways to create new jobs. How about space trash collectors to gather the debries and return it to earth? Pickups would be every Friday.

BBB

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