Skip to comments.Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base (Thule AFB, Greenland)
Posted on 08/06/2018 5:55:49 PM PDT by Signalman
A meteor hit Earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force in July, but the Air Force has made no mention of the event.
NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size traveling at 15.1 miles per second (54,360 miles per hour) struck the ground in Greenland, just 27 miles north of Thule Air Base, on July 25. The base is mainly used to detect missile launches.
Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen tweeted about the impact, but the US Air Force has not reported the event.
Kristensen argues its concerning that there was no public warning from the government about the incident.
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Makes you wonder ...
What are they supposed to say about it?
It’s not like anyone did it on purpose or they had any way to stop it.
Old news and meteors this size are not that unusual.
They don’t want the Russians to know they weren’t watching.
Seems a more likely scenario than some others.
My math may be wrong, but at that speed the object should have weighed around 14 tons to release that much energy.
Or, they don't want any potential foe to know how well (or not) they are able track such events. Ties into missile defense.
There was probably nothing to report. A dent in the ground is not exactly newsworthy.
Headline makes it sound enormous.
Break out the thermite!
The Thing. Scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. LOL
It did no damage and there was nothing to report.
Publicly reporting meteors does not come under any of the duties assigned to the US Air Force.
The Chelyabinsk meteor had an estimated weight of 10,000 tons and exploded with a force of 500 Kt. If the energy scaled with the square of the mass that would be about 6.3 tones. I think.
There was a similar explosion, 2.8 Kt, right over the heart of Germany in June. The Air Force didn't mention that one either and it was larger and a lot closer to populated areas. This sort of thing happens several times a year and usually doesn't get much notice.
The “AIR” Force is not in charge of outer space. Why the implication that the USAF is somehow “hiding” something?
Actually, I’m sure the base was as surprised as anyone. They’re not the ones with the super powered telescopes, charged with monitoring the heavens for anything other than enemy planes and missiles.
As common meteorites sell for $2 or $3 a gram, that could be a small fortune. Shhhh!
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