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Postby narcoleptish » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:26 am

http://www.space.com/13050-falling-nasa ... -safe.html

They're saying North America is unlikely.

I'll take Bolivia.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Michael Patrick » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:32 am

I was hoping it would land in Texas and push them across the border into Mexico. Perry wanted to secede, so good riddance to 'em...
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby O.J. » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:41 am

Japan.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby other i » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:43 am

The Target Store just west of Hilldale (but after they're closed, of course.)
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Petro » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:52 pm

On Westboro Baptist Church, please.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby fisticuffs » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:56 pm

On Westboro Baptist Church, please.


Nice degree of difficulty on that one as I'm pretty sure it's just a mobile home.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby jman111 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:19 pm

Petro wrote:On Westboro Baptist Church, please.

If it happens, I will seriously reconsider my atheism.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Shorty » Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:53 pm

It may hit the USA tonight after all. Better take cover.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/index.html
"The satellite’s orientation or configuration apparently has changed, and that is now slowing its descent. There is a low probability any debris that survives re-entry will land in the United States, but the possibility cannot be discounted because of this changing rate of descent. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 12 to 18 hours...It is impossible to pinpoint just where in that zone the debris will land, but NASA estimates the debris footprint will be about 500 miles long. If you find something you think may be a piece of UARS, do not touch it. Contact a local law enforcement official for assistance. "
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:26 pm

Shorty wrote: If you find something you think may be a piece of UARS, do not touch it. Contact a local law enforcement official for assistance. "

Y'know what, NASA? If it falls in my yard it ain't yours anymore, it's mine.

Seriously, why shouldn't we touch it? How is it really any more dangerous than a piece of... oh, I dunno... let's say terrestrial debris? Don't cops have better things to do than respond to calls about a piece of junk you found?
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby rabble » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:28 pm

I just hope it doesn't fall on me cause then it would fuse with my flesh and my casket would look really weird with all those antennas and things sticking out of it and everybody at the funeral would laugh.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:30 pm

This completes our nation's trip back to 1979. Looking for my ice-blue Levi cords now.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby bdog » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:37 pm

rabble wrote:I just hope it doesn't fall on me cause then it would fuse with my flesh and my casket would look really weird with all those antennas and things sticking out of it and everybody at the funeral would laugh.

reminds me of one of the funniest site gags ever (Omar Shariff in "Top Secret!"):

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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby ilikebeans » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:40 pm

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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:43 pm

Ned Flanders wrote:This completes our nation's trip back to 1979.
Yeah, except the fellow who found the first piece of Skylab didn't "contact a local law enforcement official for assistance"; he picked it up, scurried over to a newspaper office, and collected a $100,000 prize.

Favorite Skylab story: Some place in Australia where some debris landed slapped a fine on the U.S. for littering. As far as I know, we never paid it.
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Re: satellite landing predictions

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:43 pm

That thing is SO landing in Bolivia. I spent the better part of the night tweaking my calculations with a hybrid abacus/astrolabe that I threw together in my spare time. Figuring in some data from historical wind charts, I have it coming down just SE of San Borja.
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