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(NYPost)   No one knows when or where this out-of-control 18,740-pound Chinese satellite is going to crash into Earth, but you should really try to avoid it and its toxic chemicals if you can   ( nypost.com) divider line
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2018-01-01 06:25:06 PM  
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2018-01-01 07:00:07 PM  
TFA: "...have only been able to narrow it down to an area between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south."

So you're saying it's not my problem?  Neat.
 
2018-01-01 07:06:09 PM  
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2018-01-01 07:16:47 PM  
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2018-01-01 07:21:41 PM  
Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike
 
2018-01-01 07:26:22 PM  

Circusdog320: Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike


Never tell me the odds.
 
2018-01-01 07:43:52 PM  
Also, isn't most of the civilized world between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south? I live north of that, but just barely. Only mental patients and Canadians would go any further.
 
2018-01-01 07:58:06 PM  

Confabulat: Also, isn't most of the civilized world between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south? I live north of that, but just barely. Only mental patients and Canadians would go any further.


"...but I repeat myself."
 
2018-01-01 07:59:48 PM  
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2018-01-01 08:09:51 PM  
I used to have a can of Skylab repellent on my desk.  It worked, too.
 
2018-01-01 08:18:36 PM  
The space station weighs 18,740 pounds

That's it?  That's puny.  That's less than an F-16.
 
2018-01-01 08:20:10 PM  

Confabulat: Also, isn't most of the civilized world between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south? I live north of that, but just barely. Only mental patients and Canadians would go any further.


That includes Seattle and Portland, so you're not entirely wrong.
 
2018-01-01 08:29:39 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The space station weighs 18,740 pounds

That's it?  That's puny.  That's less than an F-16.


So just a loaded semi truck crashing on my house? Whew...I thought it was serious.
 
2018-01-01 09:03:07 PM  

Confabulat: Also, isn't most of the civilized world between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south? I live north of that, but just barely. Only mental patients and Canadians would go any further.


Canadian here, and just a single degree north of that. Which is nice, I guess, but that's only 69mi or 111kms, I'd be a lot happier an extra degree or two out of range...
 
2018-01-01 09:15:35 PM  

spooky.action: So just a loaded semi truck crashing on my house?


Crashing into the atmosphere at 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit is more like it.  Random bits and pieces and maybe a piece of pressure tank or two will hit the ground.
 
2018-01-01 09:24:03 PM  

Confabulat: Also, isn't most of the civilized world between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south? I live north of that, but just barely. Only mental patients and Canadians would go any further.


Whats the difference?

//Canada man
 
2018-01-01 09:38:14 PM  
https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/31/1​6​830890/chinese-space-station-tiangong-​1-debris-falling-to-earth

There's a little over a 1 in 10,000 chance it will hit any person or property at all. Plus, it may sound scary to hear 2,000 to 8,000 pounds of debris falling from the sky, but a lot of that gets broken up into pieces, some pretty small, that can spread across a range of many miles.

And this is definitely not the first time something this large, or even bigger, has made an uncontrolled reentry before. In 2011, the launch of a Russian spacecraft intended for Mars failed, leaving the vehicle stranded in lower Earth orbit. Called Phobos-Grunt, the spacecraft weighed nearly 30,000 pounds and it fell back to Earth in 2012, ultimately entering over the Pacific Ocean. NASA's old space station Sky Lab also made an uncontrolled reentry -- and it weighed nearly 160,000 pounds when it fell to Earth.
 
2018-01-01 09:38:56 PM  
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2018-01-01 09:39:48 PM  
If it hits you and you live it is like winning the lawsuit lottery. Or maybe Trump will nuke China if it hits you. That would be cool.
 
2018-01-01 09:40:58 PM  
Feeling lucky, punk?
 
2018-01-01 09:44:49 PM  
We got this....

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2018-01-01 10:06:50 PM  

davidphogan: TFA: "...have only been able to narrow it down to an area between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south."

So you're saying it's not my problem?  Neat.


Well... sh*t.

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2018-01-01 10:13:54 PM  
Has anyone told Donna Moss?
 
2018-01-01 10:27:23 PM  

Circusdog320: Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike


True, but considering how often North Korea has attacked the sea, I think that for maximum irony...
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2018-01-01 10:29:24 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: davidphogan: TFA: "...have only been able to narrow it down to an area between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south."

So you're saying it's not my problem?  Neat.

Well... sh*t.

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On the other hand, Mar-a-Lago is 26.6771° N, 80.0370° W.
 
2018-01-01 10:37:07 PM  
The Columbia weighed roughly 160,000 pounds and was much more aerodynamic.  How many people on the ground were hurt by falling debris?
 
2018-01-01 10:47:55 PM  

Unobtanium: comeatmebro.jpg


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2018-01-01 10:52:20 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The Columbia weighed roughly 160,000 pounds and was much more aerodynamic.  How many people on the ground were hurt by falling debris?


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It happened to shred itself in a denser layer of atmosphere, over a sparsely populated part of East Texas.

/I thought my downstairs neighbor was watching a movie awfully loud
 
2018-01-01 10:53:38 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The Columbia weighed roughly 160,000 pounds and was much more aerodynamic.  How many people on the ground were hurt by falling debris?


One of the reasons Cape Canaveral was chosen for NASA missions was that they would be shot out over the Atlantic Ocean and therefore minimizing potential damage. That's a far cry from a giant failed space truck falling to who-knows-where.
 
2018-01-01 11:01:30 PM  
...me play joke.
 
2018-01-01 11:21:17 PM  
If any amount of hydrazine survives reentry, other than a trace, it would be a miracle.  The entire station is composed of light weight aluminum and plastics.
 
2018-01-02 12:03:25 AM  
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2018-01-02 12:03:56 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The space station weighs 18,740 pounds

That's it?  That's puny.  That's less than an F-16.


Chinese pounds are the bigliest
 
2018-01-02 12:04:54 AM  
I predict that it will burn up to about the size of a chihuahua's head
 
2018-01-02 12:24:22 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: If any amount of hydrazine survives reentry, other than a trace, it would be a miracle.  The entire station is composed of light weight aluminum and plastics.


"Toxic chemicals" is just a Chinese joke. The station would have (almost certainly) been safed long ago.
 
2018-01-02 01:26:49 AM  

Fano: I predict that it will burn up to about the size of a chihuahua's head


A Chihuahua's Head is the name of my Mariachi Skinny Puppy cover band.
 
2018-01-02 02:12:28 AM  

Circusdog320: Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike


So Taco Bell gets a second chance...
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2018-01-02 02:29:03 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The Columbia weighed roughly 160,000 pounds and was much more aerodynamic.  How many people on the ground were hurt by falling debris?


7 of them.

/well they were on the ground eventually.
//window seat please.
 
2018-01-02 02:46:16 AM  
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2018-01-02 02:47:33 AM  
Over/under it comes in at 18 times the speed of light

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2018-01-02 02:58:35 AM  
I'm glad I stocked up on ammo so I can defend myself from a chicom attack from space.
 
2018-01-02 07:59:01 AM  

Driver: Circusdog320: Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike

So Taco Bell gets a second chance...
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Thanks - I was trying to remember that and point out the second chance. Glad to see it has been covered.
 
2018-01-02 08:20:45 AM  
OK, maybe I need to panic a little.  According to Google Maps, I am at 42°31'37.6"N.
 
2018-01-02 10:03:45 AM  
I assume the US Navy is preparing to shoot it down like they shot a dead satellite in 2008.
/ Hit it in orbit so it's in smaller pieces and more of it will burn in reentry.
 
2018-01-02 10:05:08 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The space station weighs 18,740 pounds

That's it?  That's puny.  That's less than an F-16.


Well yes... but it'll be on fire and traveling 700 mph.
 
2018-01-02 10:06:11 AM  

AcneVulgaris: Marcus Aurelius: The space station weighs 18,740 pounds

That's it?  That's puny.  That's less than an F-16.

Well yes... but it'll be on fire and traveling 700 mph.


So, that's like an F-35.
 
2018-01-02 10:21:24 AM  

davidphogan: TFA: "...have only been able to narrow it down to an area between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south."

So you're saying it's not my problem?  Neat.


I was pretty scared for a while there. But Toronto is 43.6 degrees north, so...whew!!

I can't really afford a proper fallout shelter and my wife was getting mad at me for digging up the concrete in the basement.
 
2018-01-02 10:22:47 AM  

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Heeeeeya!!
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2018-01-02 10:23:59 AM  

Circusdog320: Chances are high it'll be an ocean strike


Proof that the Chinese and best Koreans are working together in their never ending war in the ocean??


Dun dun dun!
 
2018-01-02 10:58:37 AM  

Confabulat: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: The Columbia weighed roughly 160,000 pounds and was much more aerodynamic.  How many people on the ground were hurt by falling debris?

One of the reasons Cape Canaveral was chosen for NASA missions was that they would be shot out over the Atlantic Ocean and therefore minimizing potential damage. That's a far cry from a giant failed space truck falling to who-knows-where.


Well the debris field was all over Texas so I am not sure what your point is.

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