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C. Flower
18-09-2011, 05:11 PM
This very large object is on it's way down, and is expected to arrive in several large pieces next Friday.

Is this what the tin-foil hat people have been preparing for all these years ?

http://gawker.com/5841309/heads-up-theres-a-satellite-falling-to-earth-next-week


http://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/7/2011/09/uars_01.jpg

Andrew49
18-09-2011, 05:41 PM
You're more likely to be hit by a bus.

http://i.imgur.com/1kirO.jpg

TotalMayhem
18-09-2011, 06:16 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2kccY.jpg

morticia
18-09-2011, 09:24 PM
Anyone actually projected roughly where it is to land??

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-09-2011, 09:30 PM
Somewhere in a band either side of the equator which happens to be the most heavily populated corridor of the planet I believe is the nearest guess. Quite likely to burn up and fall apart because of the re-entry shake, rattle and roll plus it is delicate and undefended against the heat generated in scorching through the atmosphere. Unlikely to wake up sometime in the new few days to find a fully formed satellite parked badly alongside the family saloon. Wouldn't it be grand though if a one foot melted mass of space metal went right through Cowen's pub in Clara.

Hurleys at the ready lads and don't take your eye off it as is screams down through the atmosphere. Cuilin amhan to the first lad that volleys it into the Atlantic. Stand by for a gallop through Amhran na Bhfian for the lads and lasses at the Irish Space Defence Forces HQ. 'Tis Sliothar of the Year we may be talking about here.

The Team On Stand-by Yesterday

http://www.catalogue.oughterardheritage.org/archive/files/3a6f01dd077f04417e92fe57b9fba7a2.jpg

Dr. FIVE
18-09-2011, 09:37 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2kccY.jpg

That's where they keep Enda I think

DCon
18-09-2011, 09:40 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2kccY.jpg

Where will the Hobbits move to?

Baron von Biffo
18-09-2011, 09:45 PM
Where will the Hobbits move to?

http://www.independent.ie/multimedia/archive/00848/joan_i_848403t.jpg

Cabinet room.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-09-2011, 10:04 PM
Why is it necessary for Irish female politicians to be daubed with make-up like some kind of Pinocchian nightmare?

I'm still uneasy after Mary Coughlan's weirdness for a BBC TV interview. She looked like an apprentice serial killer.

I wonder is it the difference that they get made up for TV cameras and then get photographed and look as if they've had the stuff applied in a windtunnel or wha'?

Ah Well
18-09-2011, 10:28 PM
Why is it necessary for Irish female politicians to be daubed with make-up like some kind of Pinocchian nightmare?

I'm still uneasy after Mary Coughlan's weirdness for a BBC TV interview. She looked like an apprentice serial killer.

I wonder is it the difference that they get made up for TV cameras and then get photographed and look as if they've had the stuff applied in a windtunnel or wha'?

Afraid when it comes to make up, precedents have been set that allow them to do as they wish

(Hint - It's the canary)

http://www.finfacts.com/irelandbusinessnews/uploads/image002_187.jpg

Captain Con O'Sullivan
18-09-2011, 10:33 PM
Forrest Gump or what. Normally we'd be talking about George Bush in a collection of pols but not on this occasion.

He looks like someone who has escaped from an institution disguised in whatever clothes were on the line.

Ah Well
18-09-2011, 10:37 PM
http://i.imgur.com/2kccY.jpg

The Meeting Room for the future Fianna Fail Party (as they become like the fairy folk running around ringforts, spoken about as a myth but never actually seen)

*** rubs hands with glee, sits back and digs into a bag of anticipatory popcorn ***


PS - Nuff of that, gone way off topic and apologies :)

Fermoy
18-09-2011, 10:40 PM
http://www.keyframeonline.com/piq/animprofile/380_a.gif

Kev Bar
19-09-2011, 01:55 AM
I'm cool. Planning to move in with some Jewish friends

Count Bobulescu
19-09-2011, 02:45 AM
I like that strategy Kev.

Joel Achenbach dishes the dirt.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-satellite-expected-to-hit-earth-this-week/2011/09/18/gIQARnpVdK_story.html?hpid=z3

C. Flower
19-09-2011, 08:41 AM
I like that strategy Kev.

Joel Achenbach dishes the dirt.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-satellite-expected-to-hit-earth-this-week/2011/09/18/gIQARnpVdK_story.html?hpid=z3

There will be a firework display when it hits the atmosphere, any time from Thursday on.


It’s the biggest piece of NASA space junk to fall to Earth in more than 30 years. It should create a light show. The satellite will partially burn up during reentry and, by NASA’s calculation, break into about 100 pieces, creating fireballs that should be visible even in daytime.

An estimated 26 of those pieces will survive the re-entry burn and will spray themselves in a linear debris field 500 miles long. The largest chunk should weigh about 300 pounds.

DCon
19-09-2011, 08:58 AM
Come on Bertie. Defy the odds, again


NASA did a calculation of the odds that someone would be struck by UARS debris. It’s very unlikely: about a 1-in-3,200 chance that one person somewhere in the world would be hit.

musashi
21-09-2011, 04:12 AM
The date of impact of the bus-sized NASA satellite is between today and next Friday.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6158/6167074294_33850f8384_o.gif


It has been known for some time that the 6.5-ton satellite (http://earthsky.org/space/where-will-nasas-uars-satellite-land) would leave orbit and return to Earth. Experts initially suggested a weeks-long window between late September and early October, then narrowed the window to the last week of this month. Now NASA has trimmed the interval to a three-day period centered on September 23.

Fear ye not, there's only a one in 3,200 chance that someone will be hit.


Nick Johnson, chief scientist with NASA’s Orbital Debris Program (http://www.universetoday.com/88780/look-out-below-huge-satellite-coming-in-for-uncontrolled-re-entry/), reminded everyone that “throughout the entire 54 years of the space age, there have been no reports of anybody in the world being injured or severely impacted by any re-entering debris.”

And hey it could land in the sea, but "Europe is very much in the line of fire (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/post/uars-satellite-obama-boehner-likely-safe/2011/09/20/gIQAmgfTjK_blog.html), with multiple trajectories that pass over that land mass."

http://reentrynews.aero.org/1991063b.jpg

http://reentrynews.aero.org/1991063b.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14955984

Captain Con O'Sullivan
21-09-2011, 07:10 AM
Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnn

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_udYmSfSOe1U/TQ3Wg4E8gWI/AAAAAAAAAgc/3wX5qidTq1w/s400/50s%2Bsci%2Bfi.jpg

sinsin
21-09-2011, 08:33 AM
Another strange coincidence.:confused:

Fits exactly with the arrival of the "non threatening" comet Elenin.

1984 on steroids?

C. Flower
21-09-2011, 08:36 AM
I've merged out 2 satellite threads.

sinsin
21-09-2011, 08:45 AM
Obama and the NASA boys just happen to be in Denver on the 27th.

Andrew49
22-09-2011, 02:40 PM
An amateur astronomer has recorded images of the out-of-control US satellite as it tumbles back to Earth. Theirry Legault, from Paris, captured the video as the satellite passed over northern France on 15 September. Source (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15009337)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-BH43oB9MQ

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-09-2011, 02:49 PM
"I have it ... I have it ..."

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/50276_2379939475_3564_n.jpg

Andrew49
22-09-2011, 03:08 PM
Michael Lowry TD has predicted where it will land.

http://i.imgur.com/9OWgm.jpg

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-09-2011, 03:16 PM
The Yanks better hope it doesn't land on any farm in Ireland. It would be sold for scrap before the CIA could get anywhere near it.

Buddha
22-09-2011, 09:01 PM
Davitt College students have started a Novena that it will land on their school tomorrow at 11am. Friday exams commence.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-09-2011, 09:05 PM
Its the perfect symmetry between science and religion. What goes up must come down and if there's an Ascension that means there must be a Descension.

Yes indeedy.

Buddha
22-09-2011, 09:10 PM
Its the perfect symmetry between science and religion. What goes up must come down and if there's an Ascension that means there must be a Descension.

Yes indeedy.

Where's Jesus then? 2,000 years ago and more he ascended. Still hasn't descended. Something wrong with the perfect symmetry there Captain!

Captain Con O'Sullivan
22-09-2011, 09:21 PM
Those space capsules weren't named 'Apollo' by accident y'know. Not Jesus11, 12 or 13. I'll say no more.

I am sworn to secrecy.

Count Bobulescu
23-09-2011, 05:48 PM
From the Dept. of We Don’t Have a Clue.
Satellite re-entry revised. Stay away from the Southern Sahara.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-satellite-debris-might-hit-us/2011/09/23/gIQA5VmiqK_story.html?hpid=z4

Spectabilis
23-09-2011, 05:49 PM
Okay then. Just turning the car round......................

Captain Con O'Sullivan
23-09-2011, 06:12 PM
J'member back in the early 80's when there was a weird atmospheric condition and sahara dust was deposited all over southern Ireland. All the cars in the morning one day had this sand dust on them that was just dumped there from a high altitude aircurrent that had swung north across Europe from Africa?

That was mad.

Count Bobulescu
23-09-2011, 06:16 PM
I had forgotten, but now I remember.

Spectabilis
23-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Yes. Now that you mention it Cap'n, I do remember. We were concerned it might be radioactive dust:eek:

Kev Bar
23-09-2011, 08:17 PM
J'member back in the early 80's when there was a weird atmospheric condition and sahara dust was deposited all over southern Ireland. All the cars in the morning one day had this sand dust on them that was just dumped there from a high altitude aircurrent that had swung north across Europe from Africa?

That was mad.

Sure have been in Manila when Pinatuba blew....snowing like last Xmas here but gnarly volcanic ash.

C. Flower
23-09-2011, 10:15 PM
Sure have been in Manila when Pinatuba blew....snowing like last Xmas here but gnarly volcanic ash.

Where is Edo to tell us about how he was on Mars once and dismantled the abandoned space probe he came by on a walk ?

I miss that :confused:

Baron von Biffo
23-09-2011, 10:21 PM
Where is Edo to tell us about how he was on Mars once and dismantled the abandoned space probe he came by on a walk ?

I miss that :confused:

Forget Edo. If you want Ireland's leading online Mitty you'll have to head hunt Tommy O'Brien. Regardless of the time or place in world history Tommy was there, he knows the protagonists and he's more than willing to produce 1000 words (at least 5% malapropisms) on his unique understanding of the event.

C. Flower
23-09-2011, 10:25 PM
Forget Edo. If you want Ireland's leading online Mitty you'll have to head hunt Tommy O'Brien. Regardless of the time or place in world history Tommy was there, he knows the protagonists and he's more than willing to produce 1000 words (at least 5% malapropisms) on his unique understanding of the event.

Ha!

But seriously, Edo really was there.

Baron von Biffo
23-09-2011, 10:26 PM
Ha!

But seriously, Edo really was there.

Canvassing in the GE :)

Count Bobulescu
24-09-2011, 04:19 AM
Duck!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-satellite-debris-might-hit-us/2011/09/23/gIQA5VmiqK_story.html?hpid=z2

C. Flower
24-09-2011, 07:52 AM
Just to clarify, Edo's posts have total credibility with me in factual terms, although we rarely agree when it comes to matter of opinion. The fact that I had this uninvited picture of him checking out space debris in the 1980s and coming here to report on it is no reflection on him and is only wishful thinking on my part.


I wonder is it down now ? The post says it is spinning in a spiral, and could land in a trajectory between Canada, India and Australia. RTE said it would pass over Ireland at some stage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/where-will-the-satellite-fall/2011/09/21/gIQA0AeJmK_graphic.html

For all the blasé attitude that it will probably land at sea, a 300 pound fragment landing on a city could do appalling damage. I think it's time there was an "International Law of Space," if there isn't already one.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
24-09-2011, 09:14 AM
Seen a representative image of the earth somewhere with all the space junk floating around it- there's a load of it up there...

here we go..

http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Earth-039-s-Orbit-Is-Clogged-in-Space-Debris-2.jpg

C. Flower
24-09-2011, 10:05 AM
RTE says it landed in Canada..

Are you all OK over there ?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
24-09-2011, 10:12 AM
'Whoot?'

signed;

A random Canadian

Skrimshander
24-09-2011, 10:15 AM
RTE says it landed in Canada..

Are you all OK over there ?

article here from the times, says twitter reports it fell south of calgary

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0924/breaking1.html

Ah Well
24-09-2011, 10:28 AM
RTE says it landed in Canada..

Are you all OK over there ?

"Ouch !!! ... No ..."

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jRSOlQdv-ks/R8nZiyjahPI/AAAAAAAAAsc/t6OLnndi0CE/s400/headache.jpg

Baron von Biffo
24-09-2011, 12:37 PM
For all the blasé attitude that it will probably land at sea, a 300 pound fragment landing on a city could do appalling damage. I think it's time there was an "International Law of Space," if there isn't already one.

The International Law of Gravity would trump it. ;)

Baron von Biffo
24-09-2011, 12:40 PM
article here from the times, says twitter reports it fell south of calgary

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0924/breaking1.html

"Scientists were unable to pinpoint the exact time and place where UARS would return to Earth due to the satellite's unpredictable tumbles as it plowed through the upper atmosphere"

Plowed?

@&^*# Plowed!

Standards at the IT are plummeting faster than the satellite.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
24-09-2011, 01:56 PM
American spelling as well .. someone cogging from a US wire service press release? I'd have gone for 'splonkered through the upper atmosphere' m'self ... no I wouldn't. Tumbled would have been better seeing as that's what it was doing.

jmcc
24-09-2011, 05:51 PM
"Scientists were unable to pinpoint the exact time and place where UARS would return to Earth due to the satellite's unpredictable tumbles as it plowed through the upper atmosphere"

Plowed?

@&^*# Plowed!

Standards at the IT are plummeting faster than the satellite.
They've been crashing and burning for years. One of the articles in the IT's "technology" section this week was mainly a lift of a story about Traveladvisor.com that had appeared in the Daily Telegraph at the start of September.

The story about the satellite is from a Reuters feed.

Regards...jmcc

Baron von Biffo
24-09-2011, 07:18 PM
They've been crashing and burning for years. One of the articles in the IT's "technology" section this week was mainly a lift of a story about Traveladvisor.com that had appeared in the Daily Telegraph at the start of September.

The story about the satellite is from a Reuters feed.

Regards...jmcc

Crashing, burning, plummeting, any of those are ok but 'plowing' isn't acceptable after second class.

Would Madam have permitted such a barbarous defilement of her pages?