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3.5 Ton Satellite to Crash Back to Earth

chrisd posted more than 12 years ago | from the guess-my-pellet-gun-was-more-powerfull-than-I-thought dept.

Space 323

DeadBugs writes "CNN is reporting that the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer could crash back to earth in a matter of days. It's estimated that up to 9 large pieces (4-100 lbs.) of the Satellite could survive re-entry. Unlike the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory that was guided in, this Satellite will be uncontrolled. The EUVE has only been up there since 1992.... I wonder when this sort of thing will start to be a more common event."

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FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923237)

first post AHAH

Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923240)

damn you...I was positive I had this mofo nailed. FUCKS!

Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923280)

sucks for you i finally got a FP

first post (3, Interesting)

keshto (553762) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923241)

I wonder if they can predict what the "catchment area" of the debris is going to be.. -keshto

Re:first post (3, Informative)

digitalunity (19107) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923297)

Not yet. It is falling without thrusters or any way to move itself. Only time will tell it's exact trajectory.

The article did mention that the trail from this thing could stretch up to 625 miles. They also said that the parts that won't burn up are made out of titanium and steel. Seeing as Titanium is really expensive, if all of it hit me in the head; at least I could sell it to pay for the medical bills!

Re:first post (3, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923456)

If you get hit in the head by a piece of titanium travelling approximately 1300 feet per second, you probably won't have to worry about medical bills, or much of anything else for that matter.

Re:first post (5, Funny)

The Original Bobski (52567) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923469)

Not yet. It is falling without thrusters or any way to move itself. Only time will tell it's exact trajectory.

Oh, great. Time to dust off the old SkyLab Detector hat.

Re:first post (4, Funny)

Y B MCSE (469234) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923387)

I wonder if they can predict what the "catchment area" of the debris is going to be..

Not to worry...Taco Bells top scientists are working on it at this moment.

Flying debris! (1)

Indes (323481) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923243)

Hey, Nothing beats flying debris hitting your back yard on a saturday afternoon.... Maybe you can sell the wreckage on e-bay and make a fortune.. ;-)

Re:Flying debris! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923350)

Considering there's a bunch of titanium expected to make it to earth, somebody should recycle it into bicycles and put a "100% post-orbit recycled space junk" lable on them.... more exciting than your average recycled item.

The *what* Ultraviolet Explorer? (3, Interesting)

Have Blue (616) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923245)

Did NASA think they had to get hip to the 90's X-games obsession or something? Take ultraviolet measurements WHILE SNOWBOARDING!

Target (1)

Dajur (168872) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923247)

Where is it and what do we win if it hits.

Re:Target (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923267)

flamming and horrible death for those at the location

You just know... (5, Funny)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923249)

...that some joker will have a piece of it up for auction on e-bay before the derbis has cooled.

Re:You just know... (1)

Indes (323481) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923295)

Why must you steal my ideas?!!!?!

Argh.

Considering there are 7000 objects in orbit (5, Funny)

MikeLRoy (246462) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923251)

This is likely to become far more common. More and more old satellites are being shut down, and people tend to spend their satellite funding on running and using the satellite, not bringing it down safely. Maybe i should start selling insurance....

Re:Considering there are 7000 objects in orbit (1)

quantaman (517394) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923432)

Actually it may not by as great a risk as you suppose. Most of the other 7000 objects are small debris light enough to easily burn up. Also I suspect this satellite wasn't in a geosynchronous orbit but was in a higher orbit (I could be wrong). This would mean that when it hit the atmosphere it would be travelling both at a slower horizontal velocity and a higher vertical velocity meaning that there would be less opportunity for it to burn up. The vast majority of satellites up there are communications satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit and shouldn't pose this problem.

Re:Considering there are 7000 objects in orbit (2)

Metrollica (552191) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923451)

Insurance? Well, you would have to find some really dumb people considering the odds.

Perhaps the man who robbed a store with a tree branch [slashdot.org] might be interested.

Re:Considering there are 7000 objects in orbit (4, Interesting)

interiot (50685) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923452)

The article mentions that this satellite was designed to be decommisioned this way-- no steering mechanism was included. Is this a common occurance? Can't the designers be held liable if damage occurs?

They should make a law! (4, Interesting)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923475)

Any satellites put into orbit should be required to have the capability of being brought down safely. Maybe this doesn't need to become a requirement for all satellites. Little ones that will burn up totally aren't a problem. However, satellites that have parts that aren't going to burn up nicely on re-entry need to be able to be redirected to the oceans. Imagine the amount of energy the 100 lb. chunck of flaming hot iron from this satellite is packing.

If they could control this thing and bring it down when and where they wanted they could potentially do some interesting stuff. Like having it streak over the opening ceremonies at the Olympics. Or if the had REALLY fine control they could light the olynpic calderon with it instead of using the torch. That would be even better than the flaming arrow. Or they could drop it on Bin Laden's head. Ok, now I am getting silly.

ps I am bitter because I submitted this exact article and had it rejected several hours before it appeared.

Re:Considering there are 7000 objects in orbit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923488)

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It's a good thing, in some senses (2)

scoove (71173) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923510)

I wonder when this sort of thing will start to be a more common event."

Considering the amount of space junk in orbit and the clutter and risk it represents, it's nice to see that some of this stuff is finally exceeding its orbital lifespan and is reentering.

Of course, I'm not sure I'd want it ending up on /my/ house, but since we can't really make sure everyone sticks around to deal with their space litter (hello USSR?), I'm not sure what other options are available.

*scoove*

Yahoo!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923252)

Better get my pillows...

Hmmm (2, Funny)

gessleX (454570) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923253)

Crashing so soon?
What version of Windows was it running?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923340)

you're an idiot.

Re:Hmmm (0, Flamebait)

easter1916 (452058) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923401)

Hyuk hyuk hyuk, you're so funny.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923441)

I am seriously sick of people like you. Ooooh, big deal, Linux is stable. Windows has bugs. Who cares?

How does it pertain to a satellite crashing back to Earth? It doesn't!

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Re:female goatsex site! (0, Offtopic)

vrmlknight (309019) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923289)

can you imagine the children??? god save us all

Re:female goatsex site! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923308)

Good to see that she is married, if she was doing that with anyone other than her husband then it would just be sinfull. Nice to see people still have morals today

aw crap (1)

y2dt (184562) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923256)

the key is falling

common event (0)

lukecs (548904) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923257)

Hasn't this already become a common event?

fp! (-1)

The BOFH Troll (549884) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923261)

FIRST POST!

YOU all suck because the regular fp'rs are using Anon. Coward accounts.

Just in case (1)

DeltaStorm (118517) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923268)

I think I'm going to be building a kevlar/titanium umbrella, just to be on the safe side.

What time is it? (3, Funny)

joekool (21359) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923271)

time to hit yahoo for some pillows!
;-}

Meanwhile, on board... (2, Interesting)

ebbomega (410207) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923272)

Gir exclaims Yayyyyyyy! We're doomed!

This is amusing in that car-wreck sort of way. Who wants to bet that when this crashes on Mrs. Tingle's Rose Garden in Bummsville, Idaho and there's a lot of media attention, that the government is gonna spend lots of money to go up there and give these things emergency navigation systems so that they can easily fall on unsuspecting sea mammals instead of J. Random Human?

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923277)

Think we'll get lucky and it'll come down on a certain building in Redmond? Probably not, but we can dream, can't we?

Weee (1)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923282)

I hope it lands on my house. I could sell the movie rights for it. Then we can have a whole series of movies about huge satellites returning threatening all life as we know it.
Wait, wasnt that what one of the blob movies was about?

Wonder why NASA fails? (-1)

The BOFH Troll (549884) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923284)

A blond, a brunette, and a redhead were trying out for a new NASA experiment on sending women to different planets. First, they called the brunette in and asked her a question.
"If you could go to any planet, what planet would you want to go to and why?"

After pondering the question she answered, "I would like to go to Mars because it seems so interesting with all the recent news about possible extra terrestrial life on the planet."

They said "well okay, thank you." And told her that they would get back to her.

Next, the redhead entered the room and the NASA people asked her the same question. In reply, "I would like to go to Saturn to see all of its rings." Again, "thank you" and they would get back to her.

Finally, the blond entered the room and they asked her the same question they asked the brunette and the redhead. She thought for a while and replied, "I would like to go to the sun."

The people from NASA replied, "why, don't you know that if you went to the sun you would burn to death?"

The blond smirked and put her hands on her hips. "Are you guys dumb? I'd go at night!"

Free Taco? (5, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923292)

I missed out last time, I suggest this time that Taco Bell uses a target the size of Rhode Island. I really, really want a Taco.

Re:Free Taco? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923391)

If it lands on you, I'll buy you a million dollars worth of tacos!
If it misses you, then you're stuck with a chalupa.

Re:Free Taco? (1)

Gunsmithy (554829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923438)

Is that an erotic suggestion? :-\

Re:Free Taco? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923474)

No, but it scares me that you think that way. :)

Re:Free Taco? (0, Funny)

I.T.R.A.R.K. (533627) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923464)

Just go out and buy one, you cheap bastard. ;p

Re:Free Taco? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923501)

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Do you want to talk with an interesting intelligent
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Planning? (1)

forsaken33 (468293) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923293)

Wouldn't it make sense for NASA to plan for these things? Realizing that this satellite has been up there since '92, but still....They must know that things will happen. How much more would it take to add some sort of small steering package to keep the possibility of this thing crashing in a populated area down, or even keeping some maneuvering fuel ?!?!?


"The probability of the few EUVE surviving pieces falling into a populated area and hurting someone is very small," said Ronald Mahmot" Yes the probability is small, but wouldn't that be a sucky day? Im serious, lets PLAN for these things to happen so that we can make sure it WON'T fall in a populatd area at all....

nice work NASA (2)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923299)

Its one thing to continuously crash things into Mars, we all hate those damn Martian scum anyways... But now we are talking about Earth! Stop forgetting about your unit conversions or carrying the 1, or else someone might get hurt!

Just great. (0)

I.T.R.A.R.K. (533627) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923300)

"Fragments from the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer could scatter along a trail extending up to 625 miles (1,000 km), NASA said, but no one yet knows where.

Will my insurance company consider this an "act of God" and try to weasel me out of a big fat check?
Hell, I don't even think insurance covers this sort of thing. ;p

I'll rebuild it! (1)

Thakandar2 (260848) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923301)

I can tell you right now that if one of those pieces falls in my back yard, I'll rebuild it and have a webserver running on it with the new Lego set I just bought by the next day...

From the Kingdom of Nye... (1)

IgD (232964) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923307)

Falling rocks from the sky? Is this the Art Bell show or something? I wonder if we could target the ./ effect towards Art's web site so he could experience a falling web server.

Re:From the Kingdom of Nye... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923473)

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Insurance? (2)

Col. Panic (90528) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923312)

This is definitely *not* an "act of God." So I wonder if my insurance policy will cover if it comes down on my house, car, wife, dog (just kidding - I don't have a dog)

Re:Insurance? (5, Interesting)

Leven Valera (127099) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923357)

My homeowner's insurance actually covers impact by falling equipment, meaning telephone poles usually, but I guess satellites could be covered.

LV

Re:Insurance? (0)

lukecs (548904) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923404)

Is this kinda like leaving your car out in a hail storm cause the insurance payback is higher than the price of the car?

the real issue! (3, Funny)

bo0push3r (456800) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923314)

with the number of objects we've put into orbit around our planet at an all time high and increasing constantly this will become more and more common. logic dictates that ultimately these things will make land in someone's yard (living room, white house, etc.).

the real problem here is what to do about it...

i propose using defunct home Internet appliances as projectiles. it would be extremely inexpensive and, when fired from a railgun at speeds in excess of 30,000ft/sec, these little beauties could easily eliminate a chunk of space debris weighing 100 or more lbs.

Re:the real issue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923496)

LOL man! right on! what else are those things good for anyways?

It had to happen (0, Offtopic)

pagercam2 (533686) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923319)

I'd love to have a beowulf cluster of burning satellite pieces!!! ;-)

common event? (0, Flamebait)

drDugan (219551) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923321)

<snip>
... I wonder when this sort of thing will start to be a more common event.

</snip>

-- when NASA starts using Windows for their onboard systems, I can imagine they would crash all the time.

Oh that's funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923449)

I get it. It's a joke about Windows. The punchline is that Windows crashes all of the time, so if NASA used Windows on the satellites, they would crash all of the time.

+5 for originality!

Great website you have there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923497)

All of one page. Gee...where can I get me some of that fancy web design?

Riddle me this... (3, Offtopic)

Nick Smith (321087) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923322)

Q: What costs millions of dollars to produce and is guaranteed to crash back to earth?

A: ABC's new Fall line-up...

Satellite renamed... (1)

xixax (44677) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923499)

...as The Extreme Ultraviolent Exploder

Xix.

uh (0, Flamebait)

schroet (244506) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923325)

Crashing like my Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server High Availability Cluster.

Re:uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923364)

Linux sucks twice as fast and 10 times more reliably, and since you have the source, it's your fault.

This reminds me... (1)

base2op (226729) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923330)

This reminds me of an article on BBSpot:
Mir Hits Taco Bell, Kills Four [bbspot.com]

Funny stuff.

No onboard steering system? (2)

Restil (31903) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923331)

Or do they mean no FUNCTIONAL onboard steering system? I don't know of many satellites that don't include manuvering thrusters. Orbits decay naturally and require slight adjustments over time.

Of course, it WAS described as defunct, so I suppose I can give them some leeway on that.

-Restil

Re:No onboard steering system? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923347)

Any propulsion systems are almost certainly depleted. It's already been orbiting for 3 times it's expected life.

Auto destruct sequence? (2, Interesting)

josquint (193951) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923343)

OK... so these things have a fairly limited and predictable life span. And there's thousands of good sized objects up there that WILL fall(what goes up must come down, unless you put it waaaay up there)

There REALLY should be a way to contoll the destruction better, instead of just letting it drop. Granted making it drop might be better, but this thing will still have some pretty good chunks hitting the ground. Why not design them to break up or be broken up more thoroughly. Somewhat similar to what an Indy Car does when hitting a wall.

Putting explosives and the like would be somewhat risky, and designing weaknesses into the stucture might weaken it. But, having a 200lb chunk nail my house at mach 6 wouldn't be the best either :)

Re:Auto destruct sequence? (1)

dupper (470576) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923427)

designing weaknesses into the stucture might weaken it

Really? &#60PARANOIA&#62 Someone should tell Microsoft that all their backdoors and spyware are creating all those security weaknesses! &#60/PARANOIA&#62

Oh, and since this is going to be modded to Troll or Offtopic anyway: No shit!

what type of orbit did it have? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923356)

it was probably not geosynchronous...

Food for thought (4, Interesting)

Boiling_point_ (443831) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923363)

Self-destruct mechanisms as a design feature for all sattelites...

Could you design a sattelite in such a way that it could be destroyed remotely, ie. blown into small chunks that pose no danger to other spacecraft (are "blasted" towards Earth and therefore certain disintegration), while maintaining stability during launch/operation and not adding too much to the total weight?

Devil's advocate:

Who'd enforce it? Corporations won't pay extra for a very unlikely liability problem (until such a time that we're lobbing dozens of big things into space daily)

What circumstances (other than system failure) would cause you to push the button - and if it had failed, who's to say it's pointed the right way and you won't shoot your comsat into the ISS?
Sorry - just thinking out loud...IANARS

Re:Food for thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923403)

It would be better to simply design the satellite so that no large parts survive re-entry.

No danger in someone taking out the ISS with a remote controlled bomb.

Re:Food for thought (5, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923509)

Blowing a satelite into small pieces is a VERY bad idea, as those pieces will go and run into functional satelites. Those satelites will fragment and soon you have a run-away chain reaction that might keep us out of space for decades.

Incoming! (5, Informative)

James1006 (544398) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923372)

Actually, debris entering the atmosphere (man-made and not) is a common occurrence. Happens everyday on some scale. It isn't just everyday a 3.5 ton one comes down :)

I believe US Space Command/NASA/NORAD spends a ton of time tracking objects in close orbit, even very small ones the size of your finger.

After all, anything going 17500 miles per hour hitting something like the space shuttle or Hubble or any other satellite (GPS, communications, spy/defense) wouldn't be pretty.

Someone who worked for NASA at MSFC told me that they have actually had astronauts on the space shuttle change the shuttle's orbit slightly in order to avoid certain large pieces of debris.

Re:Incoming! (2, Informative)

Y B MCSE (469234) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923471)

After all, anything going 17500 miles per hour hitting something like the space shuttle

Someone who worked for NASA at MSFC told me that they have actually had astronauts on the space shuttle change the shuttle's orbit slightly in order to avoid certain large pieces of debris.


If you watch the news when the shuttle is up, notice it is ALWAYS flying backwards (except for reentry) pebble size objects ping it constantly and the windshields get so damaged they are replaced every launch ($40,000).

Mission control plans the routes so that no human has to attempt the maneuvering you are speaking of. All happens far to fast.

Auxilary fuel (1)

james_40b (555130) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923386)

Perhaps they should keep a supply of fuel that is not to be used up on any circumstances... other than when the satellite is crashing of course.

Damn (1)

MADCOWbeserk (515545) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923389)

Just fucking great, something is going to fall from the sky, we have no idea where. I have a date tommorrow night, I knew something was going to spoil it. My fuckin luck.

Yes, even a /. reader can get chicks, occasionally.

Re:Damn (1)

MADCOWbeserk (515545) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923400)

I even live in the target zone...

Re:Damn (1)

Score0, Overrated (550447) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923420)

Although you have to admit it is an exceedingly large target zone :-

This ranges includes areas as far north as Orlando, Fla., and as far south as Brisbane, Australia.

What about Star Wars?? (2)

burtonator (70115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923393)

OK.

If this DOES start to happen with higher frequency the Star Wars will save us... right?

We don't have anything to worry about because George W. is going to protect us from this stuff. :)

It would be a REALLY great scandal.

Bush and his defense contractor friends are not counting on anything actually happening. If something comes down and causes any damage this would put a BIG red mark on his face. :)

Kevin

ianae but... (1, Troll)

azephrahel (193559) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923398)

I am not an engineer but.....
I'll understand it if nasa puts up a 500 lb satalite, or even a 1 ton satalite that has such a short lifespan. But come on. at 3.5 tons they couldn't have fitted it with at least enough energy collecting equipment to keep the thing in orbit?
Sure the equipment was dated, and some it probably worn out, but whats the real harm of leaving it up there and using it for parts or salvage for future missons?
Is the feasibility of making/expanding/fixing a space station out of these defunct satalites so remote?
Granted using parts of old satalites to fix or augment current satalites or stations would require them to be designed as such from the beginning. Still I would think the idea isn't origonal, or too far fetched to acheive.

Re:ianae but... (2, Informative)

flikx (191915) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923419)

From an engineering perspective (as in IAAES), I'd say that it makes sense to cut initial costs by designing the thing for a short lifespan. If it only needs to be in orbit for ten years, then why bother over-engineering it for more? The costs would go through the roof. Maintaining anything in space after that term is expensive enough on it's own. It's a better idea to build another one and send it up after a set time.

3.5 tons of material isn't much anyways, it will come back to Earth. Big deal. We could only hope that it would land in the backyard of a certain resident of Holland, MI.

Tacos!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923402)

Will Taco Bell put another target up and offer free tacos if it hits?

If they don't will CmdrTaco do it? Come on Malda I only live in Grand Rapids! Give us free tacos!

at least the astronomers tell us... (1)

supernova87a (532540) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923405)

Think about this: the US military sends up approx. 10-20 satellites a year into space, and have you ever heard of them telling us when one is coming down? You can bet they try their hardest to keep any information from us, even if it threatens the public safety.

I'm sure they probably count on the odds that they crash over water, or some unpopulated area, and not notify anyone beforehand. Or if it does get hit something, they'll attribute it to some plane part falling off... :)

Warning. (5, Insightful)

Score0, Overrated (550447) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923407)

I know there's not a whole lot we can do about it ... but couldn't the media have given us a bit more warning. It's less than 30 hours from the CNN article to the earliest estimated reentry time.

NASA's original press release [nasa.gov] was on the 16th Feb.

Even that is a bit worrying. Did NASA only discover 11 days ago that their 3.5 tonne satellite was going to crash? It's not like they behave erratically, is it?

WTF, duct tape? (1)

Gunsmithy (554829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923410)

For being the #1 space program, we sure as hell can't keep a satellite up there for long.

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923411)

Has anyone here ever been gang-raped by the Slashdot crew?

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923434)

No, but I fucked her [yahoo.com] . Mmmm, chocolate...

Re:Hmmm... (0)

ArnoldYabenson (551283) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923505)

No, but close [google.com] .

Sueing for Damages? (1)

Foxxz (106642) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923412)

If a peice of this sat actually causes damage say to a house, can NASA be held responsible? Can they be sued or have any official preceedings brought against them?


-Foxxz

Gotta love it (1)

gh0ul (71352) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923426)

Gotta love a 3.5ton bbq in your backyard.

New Extreme Competition (1)

adamjone (412980) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923435)

This sounds like a great opportunity to run another test of the National Missile Defense [osd.mil] system.

Better yet, let's turn it into an X-Game type competition between the BMDO [osd.mil] and National Skeet Shooting Association [nssa-nsca.com] to see who can hit the first/most chunk(s).

national missle defense (1)

sykt (6887) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923439)

wouldn't this be a cheap way to test the new system, at least it would give NASA an excuse it hadn't used before.

"It blew the F$#@! up, only this time we know why!"

info (5, Informative)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923462)

EUVE Archive [berkeley.edu]
EUVE Home (UCal. Berkeley) [berkeley.edu]

Info on satellite tracking here [satobs.org] . Track the orbit, and place bets on where it will land. (note, the farthest north is someplace in florida.)

Too bad they dont have SDI up and running yet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2923466)

Since the odds of someone shooting an ICBM at the US are pretty low, we could use SDI to protect us from thi instead. I mean they spend billions of dollars on it, it better be good for something.. right?

-AC

Bets on where it lands... (3, Funny)

coupland (160334) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923481)

If gravity is formed by areas of extreme density, I'm putting my money on it landing in Redmond.

a prayer for the satellite (2, Funny)

Apostata (390629) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923493)

Please hit our provincial government, please hit our provincial government, please hit our provincial government.

Amen.

Re:a prayer for the satellite (-1)

The BOFH Troll (549884) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923516)

Hey fag, diss the B.C. Liberals and I will make sure Rob Malda rapes you.

They're the best thing to happen to this province and I hope your union-ass gets burned to all hell.

No need for worry (5, Funny)

Toomel (308985) | more than 12 years ago | (#2923504)

Its okay guys..really. Bruce Willis and his buddies are training right now. There is no cause for worry!

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