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NASA satellite falls on Canada as space junk. No one hurt. (Near Calgary)
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/24/11 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 09/24/2011 2:48:55 PM PDT by LibWhacker

The 6-ton UARS satellite — the biggest piece of space debris to fall from the sky since Sky Lab in 1979 — fell back to Earth early Saturday morning. Debris is reported to have been found near Calgary, Canada.

The wait is over. NASA's bus-sized Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) has fallen, becoming the largest runaway chunk of space junk to drop back down to Earth since two satellites, including the behemoth Sky Lab, punched the atmosphere in 1979.

"We can now confirm that #UARS is down!" reported the official NASA Twitter account. "Debris fell to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24."

The satellite, broken up into 26 titanium and other hard alloy pieces expected to survive the fiery descent, reportedly fell at least partly on land. Twitter and YouTube reports pinpointed landfall in Okotoks, Canada, near Calgary.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: calgary; crashes; researchsatellite; satellite; uars

1 posted on 09/24/2011 2:49:02 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Damn. I had Chad in the pool.


2 posted on 09/24/2011 2:53:33 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

I had Pelosi’s house in san fagcisco as mine..


3 posted on 09/24/2011 2:54:30 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: LibWhacker

Why, in the media, are Canadian towns seldom suffixed with a province name? I never see something like ‘Winnemucca, USA’ but I will often see names like ‘Okotoks, Canada.’ Does ‘province’ not have the same importance as ‘state?’ Is this common in the Canadian press?


4 posted on 09/24/2011 2:55:37 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: LibWhacker

Anyone ever watch Northern Exposure?

One of the boyfriends of Maggie, the pilot, was struck by a satellite and bought it.

(It seemed all of Maggie’s boyfriends bit the dust.)

Glad everyone is OK.


5 posted on 09/24/2011 3:00:25 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: LibWhacker

“Only one person – Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Okla. – has ever reported being struck by space debris.”

That happened to me once, but I was out in the woods when my sister was bitten by a moose and I never bothered to report it.


6 posted on 09/24/2011 3:02:25 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: posterchild

No, it isn’t common in the Canadian press. It irritates me as well.


7 posted on 09/24/2011 3:02:32 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: LibWhacker

8 posted on 09/24/2011 3:12:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: NEWwoman

FLEISCHMAN!
9 posted on 09/24/2011 3:13:58 PM PDT by struggle
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To: JoeProBono

We built the Intergalactic Space Station!


10 posted on 09/24/2011 3:21:39 PM PDT by GunsAndBibles (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: JoeProBono

Y'ain't ridden, 'til yu'v ridden in a Philippine Jeepney

11 posted on 09/24/2011 3:24:19 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: JoeProBono

Y'ain't ridden, 'til yu'v ridden in a Philippine Jeepney

12 posted on 09/24/2011 3:24:19 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: KevinDavis

space ping


13 posted on 09/24/2011 3:28:16 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: USMCPOP
Have you ever been stung by a dead bee?


14 posted on 09/24/2011 3:43:31 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: LibWhacker

This space chunk of junk was a global warming satellite launched by NASA (way back when) in the 1990s

It was always space junk same as global warming is junk science


15 posted on 09/24/2011 3:46:24 PM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: LibWhacker

Hey, Canada, don’t touch our junk.


16 posted on 09/24/2011 3:46:38 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: LibWhacker
This bit of news is totally ironic, for those who have never been to Alberta or who don't know about some of the history of that area.

"Okotoks" is derived from "big rock" in the language of the Blackfoot Indians. The town is named after a giant boulder in the nearby prairie that has no other rocks anywhere around it and looks like it was just dropped there on the prairie from outer space. Here's a photo of the landmark "big rock":

So, yeah -- I can sure picture a satellite or other strange visitor from space plopping down right next to it!

17 posted on 09/24/2011 3:50:25 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: LibWhacker
Things fall (man-made) from orbit on a daily basis. Naturally occurring debris falls into our atmosphere an unknown amount of times per day. This particular instance is nothing but sensationalism and fear-mongering. I followed it because it was a lead story. It seems as though most of the reports I read were almost hoping for someone to get hit (more news) :)


18 posted on 09/24/2011 4:03:38 PM PDT by allmost
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To: LibWhacker

My first car was a vomit green 1973 Plymouth Satellite. I never hit anyone with it though.


19 posted on 09/24/2011 4:07:01 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Nice... never heard of it before


20 posted on 09/24/2011 4:13:37 PM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: LibWhacker

It passed over Seattle last night about 9:30 PDT, hen headed NE.

It must have fallen right after it went by!!

Missed it by THAT much...!!!


21 posted on 09/24/2011 4:16:56 PM PDT by djf (Buncha sheep: A flock.. Buncha cows: A herd.. Buncha fish: A school.. Buncha baboons: A Congress..)
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To: gop4lyf
You could play crash-derby ping-pong with many of the cars on road now in that thing. Probably wouldn't even feel the tin cans bouncing off. Knowing you already need a paint job helps with the unsticking later from what I understand. :)
22 posted on 09/24/2011 4:22:06 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

That car is long gone. I ended up selling it for a hundred bucks!


23 posted on 09/24/2011 4:40:45 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: gop4lyf
Briefly had a puke-green, probably the same color, Dodge Dart. Ended up donating it.
24 posted on 09/24/2011 5:10:38 PM PDT by allmost
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To: max americana

“I had Pelosi’s house in san fagcisco as mine.”

That’ll teach ya to let wishful thinking influence your investment decisions....


25 posted on 09/24/2011 5:23:40 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: max americana

Oh man, that would be sweeet!


26 posted on 09/24/2011 6:06:20 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: NEWwoman

Maggie and I were pretty close at one time, but I dumped her for that very reason.


27 posted on 09/24/2011 6:09:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Alberta's Child

Big rock is also a local beer here in Calgary, as you undoubtedly know.
And a fine one!

Cheers,
Jim


28 posted on 09/24/2011 6:15:13 PM PDT by gymbeau (All the other presidential candidates are Palin' compared to Sarah.)
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To: allmost

I was following the story because I want to see a damn satellite burn up over my head! I have been under two now, but didn’t see either. (Indoors both times, and I didn’t know about it beforehand.) Was asleep once, and awake for the other. I would have only had to step outside, dang it. But, this one went down far, far away.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 6:36:00 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: LibWhacker

Will Canada retaliate against the US for this ballistic missile attack?


30 posted on 09/24/2011 6:39:16 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Disgusted with the establishment GOP and their enablers.)
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To: coloradan

1 in 3200, who knows.


31 posted on 09/24/2011 6:39:25 PM PDT by allmost
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To: posterchild

LOL.... Canada is 19 miles across the water from me and I quit trying to figure them out a long time ago, eh.


32 posted on 09/24/2011 6:40:11 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: gop4lyf

Ah yes, why I remember back in the day when Ford & Chrysler were considering a joint venture for a new convertible. It was a combination of the Valiant and the Comet. It was called the Vomet. It had a throw up top and bucket seats.


33 posted on 09/24/2011 6:59:00 PM PDT by common tater (Tighten yer cinches folks, it's gonna be a rough ride.)
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To: djf
Thanks for this post.

I was outside and a little North of you (San Juan Islands) enjoying the unusually warm evening about 9:40 and observed what I believed to be a satellite heading in a southerly direction. Viewing a satellite on a clear night is not unusual up here, but this one suddenly flared into a bright red color continuing its southernly orbit. I mentioned the viewing to my wife who immediately informed me that I was "seeing things". Good to get some verification, 'tho she still feels I am "certifiable".

34 posted on 09/24/2011 9:52:20 PM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
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To: fuzzthatwuz

Well, the pass over Seattle last night was the only orbit that took it anywheres near Calgary, so that’s what I’m thinkin...


35 posted on 09/24/2011 10:08:00 PM PDT by djf (Buncha sheep: A flock.. Buncha cows: A herd.. Buncha fish: A school.. Buncha baboons: A Congress..)
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To: posterchild

It’s done because 90% of Americans are dimwits when it comes to Canada. It’s embarrassing.


36 posted on 09/25/2011 11:59:10 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: smokingfrog

LOL!

I understand the actress that played Maggie - Janine Turner http://www.janineturner.com/journey.html - is quite conservative.

http://www.cnsnews.com/node/64752

She is a real patriot.


37 posted on 09/26/2011 8:38:45 AM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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