Orbiting U.S. spy satellite could crash to Earth

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  1. Watcher

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2628127620080126

    http://www.reuters.com/news/picture...N2628127620080126&channelName=scienceNews#a=1

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  2. Alexstarfire

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    Interesting, but I'm not too worried. Chances of it hitting anything man made, let alone a populated area, is largely improbable.
     
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    Reminds me of that story not long ago about something falling from the sky and making some people in South America ill.
     
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    Interesting read, but we all know what goes up, must come down.Anyone remember Skylab?
     

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    That was beautiful.
     
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    Wonder why they don't know roughly where it will crash.. surely they know the line it's traveling on.
     
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    i saw this on the news, apparently its not coming down onto land and killing or hurting anything is what they are worried about, its the fact the it could hold secret info and wouldnt want any other coun tries getting ahold of it.......maybe so top secret images?

    I dunno saw it on CNN
     
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    Intelligence, yet it "can no longer be controlled and it was not known where on the planet it might come down."

    Is it only me who got a chuckle out of that?
     
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    as far as i'm aware it's perfectly normal for satellites to crash. satellites have a known lifetime.
    the particles in the atmosphere causes friction with the satellite, which over time causes the satellite to slow down and crash to Earth.
    the satellite would most likely burn up before it hits land.
     
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    Yeah that is generally how it goes. This one however didn't meet life expectancy. Not really that big a deal. Must be a slow news day.
     

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    Typical of Goverments to instantly think about the risk of the information getting out about how much money they have stolen rather than worry about it hitting anyone.
     
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    if any of it falls on my house i'm going to sue :)
     
  13. The_AC

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    Perhaps the irony gods will make it crash on CIA headquarters.
     
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    Didn't China shoot one of their satelites down some years back?
     
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    well ya they shot they're own down to show it could be done....
     

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    Yeh, shot down one of their own, to test their new Anti Satellite weapon.

    Obviously don't want anyone setting up an Ion Cannon styled system (ala C&C) :p
     
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    Shooting down the satellite is a bad option, you end up filling the close orbit with debris.

    Small pieces of broken satellite and missile debris would just end up damaging other satellites.
    Best to just let it fall. ^_^
     
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    Apparently it happens quite often.

    An AP article I just read stated that in the past 50 years of monitoring space, 17,000 man-made objects have re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.

    Heads UP!
     
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