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NASA Satellite URAS

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So I dont know if any of you are tracking this rouge satellite that is hurdling towards earth but it is moving at 18,000 MPH and is only 132 miles up in the sky right now.

If this thing hits a town, its going to be devastating.

Here is a tracking website:

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701

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Man that thing went from Spain to Madagascar in like ten minutes, then went around Australia and over Hawaii shortly after.

So is this not expected to cause much damage? Last I heard most of it was going to disintegrate going through the atmosphere, is that still the case?

Edited by devilsfan26

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Man that thing went from Spain to Madagascar in like ten minutes, then went around Australia and over Hawaii shortly after.

So is this not expected to cause much damage? Last I heard most of it was going to disintegrate going through the atmosphere, is that still the case?

According to foxnews.com:

But re-entry specialists do expect about 26 different components from UARS to survive the plunge — a total leftover mass of 1,170 pounds (532 kilograms) – components made of titanium, aluminum, steel and beryllium.

Theres a 1-3,200 possible chance of injury.

Thats an expected 1,170 pounds moving at 18,000mph.

Edited by Quinn01

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So I dont know if any of you are tracking this rouge satellite that is hurdling towards earth but it is moving at 18,000 MPH and is only 132 miles up in the sky right now.

If this thing hits a town, its going to be devastating.

Here is a tracking website:

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=21701

Devastating to a town? Maybe if that town consists of a single house. No need to get carried away here.

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Devastating to a town? Maybe if that town consists of a single house. No need to get carried away here.

1,170 lbs moving at 18,000 miles an hour slamming into NYC isnt going to be a big issue?

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1,170 lbs moving at 18,000 miles an hour slamming into NYC isnt going to be a big issue?

No because it will break up into lots of small pieces and barely dent any building in NYC. Could it cause some property damage? unlikely but sure. "Devastating"? :headless chicken:

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No because it will break up into lots of small pieces and barely dent any building in NYC. Could it cause some property damage? unlikely but sure. "Devastating"? :headless chicken:

They are saying that its going to break down into a total mass of 1,170lbs is whats going to land. Thats after it breaks apart.

Ok maybe devastating is a little strong but its still going to cause significant damage if it hits a large city like NYC, Paris, and so on. Anything moving at 18,000 MPH is going to mess things up quite a bit. Look at the damage hail causes....

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They are saying that its going to break down into a total mass of 1,170lbs is whats going to land. Thats after it breaks apart.

Ok maybe devastating is a little strong but its still going to cause significant damage if it hits a large city like NYC, Paris, and so on. Anything moving at 18,000 MPH is going to mess things up quite a bit. Look at the damage hail causes....

Seems to be conflicting reports

"The 20-year-old research satellite is expected to break into more than 100 pieces as it enters the atmosphere, most of it burning up. Twenty-six of the heaviest metal parts are expected to reach Earth, the biggest chunk weighing about 300 pounds (136 kilograms). The debris could be scattered over an area about 500 miles (800 kilometers) long."

This is an interesting story because it's unique and rare, not because it's an actual threat. People do things every day in their lives that carry much greater then a 1 in 3200 chance they will get injured (did you get in a car and travel somewhere today?)

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This is an interesting story because it's unique and rare, not because it's an actual threat. People do things every day in their lives that carry much greater then a 1 in 3200 chance they will get injured (did you get in a car and travel somewhere today?)

Im not the one that works for NASA so I dont know the facts for sure as dont you. It does sound like I am running around outside with a tin foil helmet but thats not the case. I agree its super interesting and this thing is hauling ass right now. You would think that its going to just land somewhere in open water.

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Theres a 1-3,200 possible chance of injury.

So one out of every 3200 people will be injured? :P

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NASA predicts it will look something like this:

And by NASA, I mean Michael Bay

Edited by jagknife

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Im not the one that works for NASA so I dont know the facts for sure as dont you. It does sound like I am running around outside with a tin foil helmet but thats not the case. I agree its super interesting and this thing is hauling ass right now. You would think that its going to just land somewhere in open water.

My daughters friend Brandon set off panic in the elementary school with this story.

"Mommy - something big is going to hit the earth tomorrow - but it's not an asteroid"

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SFGate.com:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the satellite, which has a 1-in-3,200 chance of injuring or killing a person on landing, won't hit North America. It said it was too early to "predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty," in a release today.

That was posted today.

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