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Bus-size satellite heading for Earth

Post by Revs on Sat Sep 17 2011, 16:00

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-17/giant-satellite-plunging-to-earth/2903978




A 20-year-old satellite the size of a bus has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash somewhere on Earth next week.

NASA says the giant satellite is plunging to earth more quickly than anticipated and will crash during a three-day window around September 24.

The satellite was shut down in 2005 after completing its mission and was expected to fall to earth some time this year, but experts have now narrowed it down.

Hurtling at eight kilometres per second, it could land anywhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south of the equator - most of the populated world, including Australia.

NASA says the risk to life from the satellite is just 1 in 3,200 as most of the satellite will break or burn up before reaching Earth.

Scientists have identified 26 separate pieces that could survive the fall through the Earth's atmosphere and debris could rain across an area 400 to 500 kilometres wide.

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Re: Bus-size satellite heading for Earth

Post by Danny Boy on Sat Sep 17 2011, 16:09

If it lands anywhere in America, they will blame the Taliban.

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Re: Bus-size satellite heading for Earth

Post by Gelert on Sat Sep 17 2011, 21:15

Phew! Just checked the old diary, and fortunately I don't have a three-day window available. Just these cheap white plastic double glazed ones that were installed several years ago.

So I'm probably OK.

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Re: Bus-size satellite heading for Earth

Post by gueuzeman on Sun Sep 18 2011, 03:50

I hope it hits my house, preferably at night, when I'm there.

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Re: Bus-size satellite heading for Earth

Post by eso on Sun Sep 18 2011, 04:52

Danny Boy wrote:If it lands anywhere in America, they will blame the Taliban.

As I haven't heard this in the American Media, you may be onto something...


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