Skip to comments.Huge Tumbling Satellite Could Fall to Earth Over US Tonight or Saturday, NASA Says (UPDATED)
Posted on 09/23/2011 10:07:53 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
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“Huge Tumbling Satellite” - stinkin’ gymnast satellite of death. “I give it a 9.7. It didn’t quite stick the finish and I thought the Russian satellite was better.”
LOL! I'll bet the payout's similar to a push at a blackjack table at Winstar Casino in OK: you don't win, but you still lose, because you have to pay the dealer $1 per hand (or so I've heard).
There’s a twitter feed for the UARS now. They say four more orbits,so look up San Diego or offshore Oregon!
The impact is suppose to effect 500 miles.What 500 miles will this be? Is it still off CA coast barely?
One could always hope it lands on the U.N. Lots of targets in there right now.
They really can’t just blow it up. The junk left in space would take out every other satellite that came along.
What’s the estimated impact speed, anybody know?
They could have done it as it was coming down. They did not want to spend the money on it. Life is cheap.
watch the video here. It may still be unclear speed of broken pieces at impact.
I dunno, to ME, it seems like a TARGET for one of our ASAT weapons....
The big 330lb chunk about 130MPH,the small bits up to 240MPH. It looks to be headed for the Pacific off the Oregon coast.
7:55PM-8:25PM PDT should be a light show over Oregon. Hard Hats suggested
They’ve removed the Re-entry clock gadget from that site now.
Do you have any verification of that or is it just something you heard?
@UARS_Reentry says Washington State, not Oregon. Still in the Pacific, thankfully!
Get current position at http://www.heavens-above.com/
That should float up some big fish schools! Conveniently already cooked! The water vapor should be visible by satellite, then.
At http://heavens-above.com click on the passes link to get a map of the sky as it passes over your house. FYI, hold the map over your head rather than looking down at it so the directions are correct.
Note - holding a map over your head or wearing a tin foil hat will not divert the direction of the falling space junk.
No visible passes found within the search period.
I hear ya.. It’d make for one heckuva display if they hit that sucker just right.. good practice too..
all that technology and nothing to shoot it at.. what a waste.
and risk.. Hey, life is full of risk.. a tree could get ya tomorrow..
Hahaha Ironically its anther environmentalist project coming crashing down back to earth(reality). lol
Anyone know if this hunk o’ junk will be passing over NYS?
Some Texas cities that it will be visible with the naked eye around 8:16 to 8:19 pm tonight flying from the south west to the south east except Brownsville where it’ll be a bit north-ish. It will pass pretty much directly over San Antonio :
San Antonio - altitude at max 83 (with O degree being the horizon and 90 degrees being directly overhead)
Junction - altitude at max 35
Austin - 56
Brownsville - 23
Corpus Christi - 36
It will not be visible in:
Houston, El Paso, Dallas, Lubbock, or Tyler.
The Clintons and the UN are safe.
Why would the big piece be slower than the small ones?
I’m getting my updates from @UARS_Reentry.
The time to reentry has been holding at around 5 hrs for more than an hour.
LOL Leave it to the government that they can't even track an uncontrolled crash and burn of their own satellite without stopping the damn clock on it.
"The clock is holding at T Minus 5 Hours due to low cloud cover. We are currently awaiting word from remote downrange observers on potential impact site conditions, and will resume the crash at that time."
Yep - in about half an hour.
I need a helmet.
Drag alone is not enough to determine impact speed. Weight is important, too.
The heavy piece hits at 99 mi/h.
They show a 59 pound piece falling at the same speed as the heavy one, an 11 pound piece falling at 59, a 2 pound piece at 40, a 4 pound piece at 30, and 11 pound piece at 81, and a 1 pound piece at 47.
There are 5 lighter types of pieces falling faster than 99.
So, some light pieces fall faster, some slower than the heaviest piece.
Details of the UARS satellite debris to hit the Earth
(1) HGA gimbal and reten. (Titanium) 59 pounds impacting at 99 miles per hour
(4) Forward bulkhead fitting (Titanium) 55 pounds impacting at 177 miles per hour
(1) SSPP gimball (Titanium) 134 pounds impacting at 130 miles per hour
(1) SSPP structure (AL-2024-T8) 348 pounds impacting at 99 miles per hour
(4) MMS fuel tanks (Titanium) 11 pounds impacting at 59 miles per hour
(3) MMS MPS batteries (SSteel 304L) 101 pounds impacting at 146 miles per hour
(4) Reaction wheel rims (SSteel 304L) 4 pounds impacting at 240 miles per hour
(1) FSS housing (Beryllium) 7 pounds impacting at 175 miles per hour
(2) FHST bracket (Beryllium) 2 pounds impacting at 40 miles per hour
(2) G.F. abutment plate (Titanium) 4 pounds impacting at 30 miles per hour
(2) G.F. base plate (Titanium) 11 pounds impacting at 81 miles per hour
(1) G.F. extension (Titanium) 1 pound impacting at 47 miles per hour
They are lazy.
Thx! Cool link! Whew! Upstate looks safe. Good thing since we never thought to get an orbital junk rider on our home insurance :-)
Ah, the old ‘bounced off some turbulence’ excuse. mhmm
We need Weekend Update with John Belushi!
Just another conspiracy theory...never going to happen.... totally ridicu
I’m in the middle of canning gallons of plums and can’t figure out where to look to see if it’s going to hit my house. Any idea of where they think it’s (or the pieces rather) are going to hit?
Pardon my blush, here, but I have no clue what “Fringe” is.
Some sort of rock band?
Not sarcastic at all - never heard of it.
They can’t compensate for bounce since there will be too many items when it breaks up. Just heard that from the guy at the bar going to Penn State (honest).
I’m sure we’ll be okay if we assume the crouch position.
AL-2024 = Aluminum. That is one heck of a beer can.
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