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(Newsweek)   "In the history of spaceflight, no casualties due to falling space debris have ever been confirmed." China: Hold my beer and watch between 43°S and 43°N   ( newsweek.com) divider line
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2017-11-10 10:15:52 AM  
There's a whole lot of ocean between 43S and 43N.
 
2017-11-10 10:18:23 AM  
You mean Dead Like Me wasn't a documentary?
 
2017-11-10 10:36:44 AM  
So Canada will be safe. Good.
 
2017-11-10 10:51:37 AM  
I'm pretty sure I'd need to be in space myself to do that.
 
2017-11-10 10:58:03 AM  
*checks latitude*

47.97 N

*popcorn gif*
 
2017-11-10 01:07:48 PM  
52.9 N.
Bring it on.
 
2017-11-10 01:09:30 PM  
Bet it crashes in a swamp.
 
2017-11-10 01:11:57 PM  
I'm about 100 miles north of the maximum latitude. Too bad...
 
2017-11-10 01:13:52 PM  

Deep Contact: Bet it crashes in a swamp.


Does it tip over?
 
2017-11-10 01:15:15 PM  
CHINA'S OUT OF CONTROL SPACE STATION TIANGONG-1 COULD CRASH TO EARTH SOMEWHERE IN U.S. OR EUROPE

Goddamnit, China...stop perpetuating the stereotype that Asians are bad drivers.
 
2017-11-10 01:19:35 PM  
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2017-11-10 01:25:23 PM  
There's been *one* documented case of a meteor hitting somebody, and how common are they compared to falling space stations?  Nobody needs to hold anybody's beer.
 
2017-11-10 01:25:44 PM  
in February, eh?  This could be the birthday gift I've been dreaming of.
 
2017-11-10 01:26:41 PM  
Yeah, the chance of this actually killing someone is...low. Very low.
 
2017-11-10 01:26:44 PM  
Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?
 
2017-11-10 01:26:55 PM  
Isn't North Korea within that range too?
 
2017-11-10 01:28:01 PM  
I'm pretty sure I saw a documentary about a young blond girl who was killed by a toilet seat from space station on an uncontrolled reentry.
 
2017-11-10 01:28:13 PM  
43.0201° N, 123.2931° W

Time for me to visit Myrtle Creek.
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They have a really nice B&B/teahouse there.
 
2017-11-10 01:28:21 PM  

runescorpio: Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?


Instead of one piece reentering, they'd have millions of pieces up in space for years to come. That poses a much, much larger risk.
 
2017-11-10 01:29:23 PM  

runescorpio: Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?


Kessler Syndrome.
 
2017-11-10 01:29:57 PM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Isn't North Korea within that range too?


If it looks like it's going to land in Florida I'm sure someone will shoot at it.
 
2017-11-10 01:30:06 PM  
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Begs to disagree
 
2017-11-10 01:30:39 PM  
The Wisconsin/Illinois border is 42.5 degrees North, because China knows not to fark with Wisconsin.
 
2017-11-10 01:30:46 PM  
45.136767 biatches
 
2017-11-10 01:31:20 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: I'm pretty sure I saw a documentary about a young blond girl who was killed by a toilet seat from space station on an uncontrolled reentry.


It was Georgia Becky.
 
2017-11-10 01:32:42 PM  
No casualties? Tell that to Rick.
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/nothing is obscure on FARK
 
2017-11-10 01:32:54 PM  
I remember being scared as a kid that I'd get hit when Skylab deorbited.  I was 8, I think at the time.
 
2017-11-10 01:34:17 PM  

Snarfangel: 43.0201° N, 123.2931° W

Time for me to visit Myrtle Creek.
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They have a really nice B&B/teahouse there.


I'd fill it with unpopped pop corn just to be on the safe side.

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2017-11-10 01:34:31 PM  
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2017-11-10 01:35:24 PM  
Would be pretty cool to watch it upon re-entry as is crashes into the desert somewhere.
Los Angeles? NY? Miami? That could be ugly.
 
2017-11-10 01:36:23 PM  
"That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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2017-11-10 01:36:58 PM  

Deep Contact: Bet it crashes in a swamp.


But the fourth one will stay up!

/The strongest space station in all of England space!
 
2017-11-10 01:37:53 PM  
34.6 N
Digs out the old catchers mitt... Okay I'm ready, bring it on!
If you want to track it try gpredict
 
2017-11-10 01:38:20 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: runescorpio: Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?

Instead of one piece reentering, they'd have millions of pieces up in space for years to come. That poses a much, much larger risk.


What he said.  'Shooting it' will just produce a debris cloud with random velocities/orbits, quite a few of which will not re-enter the atmosphere for years, and be an absolute bastard to track.  That presents a major hazzard to any near-earth satellites and the space station.
 
2017-11-10 01:38:54 PM  

runescorpio: Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?


America typing detected.

At least theres a chance it will take out mar a lago.
 
2017-11-10 01:38:57 PM  

Parrahs: "That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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look at them, up in canada, just laughing at us, farking canadians

hope it hits toronto.
 
2017-11-10 01:39:28 PM  

medius: Parrahs: "That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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look at them, up in canada, just laughing at us, farking canadians

hope it hits toronto.


43.6532° N

you win this time, toronto
 
2017-11-10 01:39:36 PM  

runescorpio: Serious question... Why arent they shooting it?


Because the likely outcome of that is a whole bunch of debris falling over a wider area.

The correct solution is to send a probe core with a grabber are and a shiat ton of SAS parts to latch on and burn retrograde to control where it hits the atmosphere and do something cool like crash it into the VAB.  At least that's what I'd do in KSP.
 
2017-11-10 01:39:47 PM  
 
2017-11-10 01:39:57 PM  
38.3 N.

Screwed.
 
2017-11-10 01:40:39 PM  

Parrahs: "That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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Why is it out of control?  Who is to blame?  I'm looking at Canada and Russia.
 
2017-11-10 01:42:36 PM  
The debris field could be 1000 miles long. So far we've been lucky. I remember when Skylab came down. No internet back then but the radio stations kept everyone informed.
 
2017-11-10 01:42:41 PM  
damnit china, if you can't safely put your toys away we're going to have to take them away from you
 
2017-11-10 01:43:47 PM  
Right on the edge of 43N.

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2017-11-10 01:44:08 PM  

TOSViolation: Parrahs: "That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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Why is it out of control?  Who is to blame?  I'm looking at Canada and Russia.


Crash to the earth
And you're to blame
You give space a bad name
 
2017-11-10 01:45:17 PM  
The accuracy of the headline depends on exactly what you mean by "Falling space debris".  If you mean debris falling from space, true.  However, the Chinese have some bad experience with falling spacecraft debris

Long March Rocket Explodes - 長征火箭爆炸 长征火箭爆炸
Youtube FBJ9ue6GKek
 
2017-11-10 01:46:30 PM  

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Begs to disagree


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2017-11-10 01:46:35 PM  
Newsweek really should have done a Google search for their own phrase before putting it in print.
http://www.iflscience.com/space/first​-​ever-death-caused-by-falling-space-deb​ris-reported-in-kazakhstan/
 
2017-11-10 01:46:58 PM  

mr_larry: The debris field could be 1000 miles long. So far we've been lucky. I remember when Skylab came down. No internet back then but the radio stations kept everyone informed.


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/says a little prayer
 
2017-11-10 01:47:26 PM  

Parrahs: "That statement suggests the spacecraft could land-after it burns its way through the atmosphere-many places in Europe and the U.S"

And a few other places as well, but I guess those don't count. I mean we have most of humanity there, but whatever.

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Well, it sure would be karmic if it landed in China.
 
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