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(ABC)   The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites caused no known damage after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, which means it must have landed in Kentucky   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 23
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2013-11-11 08:03:43 AM  
Nah, police would have reported it destroyed a marijuana crop with a street value of $7M.
 
2013-11-11 08:04:44 AM  
So next outage is because satellite landed on the server and not because Drew spilled beer on it?
 
2013-11-11 08:06:15 AM  
They updated the official report on the main site. Decay was at the tip of South America

Post-Re-Entry Report (November 11, 2013 - 4 UTC)
USSTRATCOM Re-Entry Estimation: November 11, 2013 - 00:16 UTC +/-1 Minute
Orbital Decay at the center of the Re-Entry Window places the point of Orbital Decay at the following location in the ascending node of the orbit:
60° West 56° South - 360 Kilometers from the south-eastern tip of South America - 410 Kilometers south of the Falkland Islands
 
2013-11-11 08:11:21 AM  
Hey Drew, it looks like those new servers you ordered are here.
 
2013-11-11 08:11:54 AM  

Oldiron_79: So next outage is because satellite landed on the server and not because Drew spilled beer on it?


Well, that'll be the story.
 
2013-11-11 08:18:30 AM  
"Isn't that the satellite thats raining debris all over Europe?"

"Why is that thing on your head?"

"Because if I wear it anywhere else, it chafes."

/not obscure
//I love toxic waste
 
2013-11-11 08:23:21 AM  

The Muthaship: Nah, police would have reported it destroyed a marijuana crop with a street value of $7M.


That's if it hits eastern Kentucky.  If it hits western Kentucky then it takes out a meth lab.
 
2013-11-11 08:26:30 AM  
I was going to say it must have hit Detroit.
 
2013-11-11 08:29:47 AM  

CoffeeMug: I was going to say it must have hit Detroit.


But that would have been the obvious choice.

/this hit the main page fast.
 
2013-11-11 08:42:09 AM  
...where it did ten million in improvements
 
2013-11-11 08:46:55 AM  
On one hand, I'm sorta sorry I missed the streaking fireball.  On the other hand, I'm really confused as to why they sent a satellite with such a short life cycle up there to begin with.
 
2013-11-11 08:58:37 AM  

durbnpoisn: On one hand, I'm sorta sorry I missed the streaking fireball.  On the other hand, I'm really confused as to why they sent a satellite with such a short life cycle up there to begin with.


The GOCE mission's objective was to measure the Earth's gravitational field. The lower the orbit, the more accurately this could be done. That's why they chose an aerodynamically shaped satellite with ion propulsion, in an extremely low orbit. It's dropped out of orbit now, because it's run out of propellant.
 
2013-11-11 10:09:52 AM  

Philonius: durbnpoisn: On one hand, I'm sorta sorry I missed the streaking fireball.  On the other hand, I'm really confused as to why they sent a satellite with such a short life cycle up there to begin with.

The GOCE mission's objective was to measure the Earth's gravitational field. The lower the orbit, the more accurately this could be done. That's why they chose an aerodynamically shaped satellite with ion propulsion, in an extremely low orbit. It's dropped out of orbit now, because it's run out of propellant.


Basically, the damn thing had to keep flying in order to keep flying. It ran out of fuel, so it fell out of the sky. Or on the sky.
 
2013-11-11 10:42:39 AM  

styckx: They updated the official report on the main site. Decay was at the tip of South America

Post-Re-Entry Report (November 11, 2013 - 4 UTC)
USSTRATCOM Re-Entry Estimation: November 11, 2013 - 00:16 UTC +/-1 Minute
Orbital Decay at the center of the Re-Entry Window places the point of Orbital Decay at the following location in the ascending node of the orbit:
60° West 56° South - 360 Kilometers from the south-eastern tip of South America - 410 Kilometers south of the Falkland Islands


WTF, I thought they said it landed east of New Zealand last night.
 
2013-11-11 10:44:25 AM  
No proof/word as to whether any marine critters were harmed by this fall from sky.
 
2013-11-11 10:45:48 AM  
Definitely no hoo-mon Marine critters (mrrowr, afterthought)
 
2013-11-11 11:08:37 AM  

Philonius: durbnpoisn: On one hand, I'm sorta sorry I missed the streaking fireball.  On the other hand, I'm really confused as to why they sent a satellite with such a short life cycle up there to begin with.

The GOCE mission's objective was to measure the Earth's gravitational field. The lower the orbit, the more accurately this could be done. That's why they chose an aerodynamically shaped satellite with ion propulsion, in an extremely low orbit. It's dropped out of orbit now, because it's run out of propellant.


Accomplished in spectacular detail, I'd say.
 
2013-11-11 11:19:21 AM  
I was surprised by the size of the satellite, and it was only 4 years old. They should require large objects to be fragmentable so if you do run across a uncontrolled reentry, you can break it into smaller pieces that burn up in the atmosphere.
 
2013-11-11 11:41:31 AM  
MIB hates the ESA

i2.wp.com
 
2013-11-11 12:43:04 PM  
Will no one think of George Lass (toilet seat girl)!
 
2013-11-11 02:25:27 PM  
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No damage? My Ass!
 
2013-11-11 03:23:02 PM  
Has Argentina claimed it as property yet?
 
2013-11-11 04:33:50 PM  

zimbomba63: styckx: They updated the official report on the main site. Decay was at the tip of South America

Post-Re-Entry Report (November 11, 2013 - 4 UTC)
USSTRATCOM Re-Entry Estimation: November 11, 2013 - 00:16 UTC +/-1 Minute
Orbital Decay at the center of the Re-Entry Window places the point of Orbital Decay at the following location in the ascending node of the orbit:
60° West 56° South - 360 Kilometers from the south-eastern tip of South America - 410 Kilometers south of the Falkland Islands

WTF, I thought they said it landed east of New Zealand last night.


Technically, that IS east of New Zealand...
 
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