Chinese rocket out of control reet now. Expected to hit earth in....



Yellerish

Goalkeeper
Heard there were hailstones in Durham this afternoon, assuming it's a prelude to incoming Chinese space rocket
 
.....about a week.
The rocket scientists don’t know where it’s gonna land but their last one of this type that turned rogue hit the Ivory Coast damaging buildings. The RS types reckon itll be six hours or so from re entry to hitting the earths surface. They can’t as yet predict where. The earths surface is 71% water apparently......which is probably no consolation if you’re a sailor. Though I’d imagine Ivorian fisherman won’t have much of a sweat on. I’m not planning on flying anywhere for a while anyway but I’m gonna fill the car up.
Itll take our minds off the playoffs for a spell at least.
imagine if you were flying and that thing came down and took off your plane's wing. bit of a sickener
 

fyl2u

Striker
.....about a week.
The rocket scientists don’t know where it’s gonna land but their last one of this type that turned rogue hit the Ivory Coast damaging buildings. The RS types reckon itll be six hours or so from re entry to hitting the earths surface. They can’t as yet predict where. The earths surface is 71% water apparently......which is probably no consolation if you’re a sailor. Though I’d imagine Ivorian fisherman won’t have much of a sweat on. I’m not planning on flying anywhere for a while anyway but I’m gonna fill the car up.
Itll take our minds off the playoffs for a spell at least.

You realise an old satellite falls to earth in some random location about once a week, right?

Did you know that a satellite crashes back to earth about once a week, on average?
 

riffraff

Striker
You realise an old satellite falls to earth in some random location about once a week, right?

Did you know that a satellite crashes back to earth about once a week, on average?
Waddya mean do I realise? Of course I don’t! I’d be the first to admit I don’t lead the worlds most action filled life but I’m a long way from having that sort of stuff in the back of my mind.
Making sure the motor is full of fuel ready for a rocket hitting earth seems like a solid plan!
MOT done today inc two new tires and a service. I’m taking no chances. Upped the B&C insurance to cover the Picasso’s n Rembrandts. Gonna get the suitcases out the loft tomorrow. Gonna be like a lottery win if the worst happens. ;)
 
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You realise an old satellite falls to earth in some random location about once a week, right?

Did you know that a satellite crashes back to earth about once a week, on average?

The size of a satellite compared with the rocket means most of the satellite will break up on rentry, not sure that's the same for this rocket... could be like a dumb missile hurtling toward earth. Then there's also the fact that we're not totally aware of the payload so it's possible there is hazardous material onboard. Next few weeks will be tense for analysts across the world I imagine.
 

fyl2u

Striker
The size of a satellite compared with the rocket means most of the satellite will break up on rentry, not sure that's the same for this rocket... could be like a dumb missile hurtling toward earth. Then there's also the fact that we're not totally aware of the payload so it's possible there is hazardous material onboard. Next few weeks will be tense for analysts across the world I imagine.
"Satellite" doesn't just mean the little "Sputnik" things that burn up, it's anything in orbit. The moon is a satellite of Earth (well, technically the moon and Earth both orbit a mutual rotation point that happens to be a little below Earth's surface as oppose to the moon specifically orbiting Earth but for the sake of brevity let's ignore that for now).

Entire space stations are among the space junk that falls to earth all the time.
Waddya mean do I realise? Of course I don’t! I’d be the first to admit I don’t lead the worlds most action filled life but I’m a long way from having that sort of stuff in the back of my mind.

To be fair, I only found out about it when I saw an episode of The West Wing where one of the staff of The Whitehouse was freaking out at seeing a fax from Nasa about a Chinese Satellite that is falling to Earth while the rest of the staff are secretly laughing at her behind her back because they all know that they receive similar faxes from NASA on a weekly basis.
Next few weeks will be tense for analysts across the world I imagine.

I expect the next few weeks will be business as usual for any analysts working for a space agency and that this will barely even draw their attention.
 
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