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Started by chacqueschirac on May 4, 2021 6:40:55 AM
Out-of-control Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry

As China’s space Programm gathers momentum, slanted reports like this will be increasingly common, in particular if the West’s own effort should flounder.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/04/ou
t-of-control-chinese-rocket-tumbling-to-earth

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ReverendBlueJeans - 04 May 2021 07:34:27 (#1 of 31)

I fear slanted thread headers like this will remain deservedly ignored...

frantastic - 04 May 2021 07:49:14 (#2 of 31)

An air of Clarkson in the header.

RosyLovelady - 04 May 2021 07:52:34 (#3 of 31)

I notice that the linked article isn't attributed to anyone in particular. Perhaps this means it's extra special.

FleurDuMal - 04 May 2021 08:15:31 (#4 of 31)

Plague, pestilence and space-debris.

What a time to be alive.

RosyLovelady - 04 May 2021 08:18:24 (#5 of 31)

Ah well, not for much longer.

Dubris - 04 May 2021 08:19:16 (#6 of 31)

Haven't we had stories about bits of rocket and satellite surviving re-entry for as long as we've been sending them up there? Mostly they fall into the sea (because there's a lot of sea, so they're really quite likely to come to each there).

The fun will be when we're eventually unlucky enough to have one crash onto a built-up area and be sufficiently big to do serious damage.

RosyLovelady - 04 May 2021 08:21:15 (#7 of 31)

< Haven't we had stories about bits of rocket and satellite surviving re-entry for as long as we've been sending them up there? >

Yes, they're a great old standby for headline writers.

quartus - 04 May 2021 08:30:27 (#8 of 31)

They'll be in a position to estimate possible crash-landing sites in about a week -

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/04/ou
t-of-control-chinese-rocket-tumbling-to-earth

browserbutton - 04 May 2021 08:32:45 (#9 of 31)

Confucius: "Spring forward, Fall back."

chacqueschirac - 04 May 2021 08:43:56 (#10 of 31)

I fear slanted thread headers like this will remain deservedly ignored...



Thanks for bucking the trend then ...

brooklyn - 04 May 2021 12:58:44 (#11 of 31)

there's a 6% chance that Musk's Tesla will collide with earth at some point over the next 3 million years. I'd rather be present for that one.

chacqueschirac - 06 May 2021 05:29:45 (#12 of 31)

“Communist party newspaper claims Long March 5B should easily burn up in atmosphere but expert warns pieces will reach Earth”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/06/ch
inese-rocket-falling-crash-to-earth-saturday-china-space-station-long-march-5b-us-space-command


“Experts” being the same astrophysicist at Harvard University as in the last article.

Dubris - 06 May 2021 06:53:51 (#13 of 31)

And? As previously observed, things sent up into orbit have been doing this for a long time. This one happens to be Chinese.

RosyLovelady - 06 May 2021 08:11:39 (#14 of 31)

It's full of invisible germs and G5 microchips.

barkis - 06 May 2021 08:25:37 (#15 of 31)

Since 1990 nothing over 10 tonnes has been deliberately left in orbit to re-enter uncontrolled.

bossab2 - 06 May 2021 09:17:31 (#16 of 31)

Apart from the Space Station...

JDW70Wellwhynot - 06 May 2021 09:42:10 (#17 of 31)

"What goes up must..." er.

ReverendBlueJeans - 06 May 2021 09:53:20 (#18 of 31)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCXL1ytil-w

FleurDuMal - 06 May 2021 10:10:05 (#19 of 31)

I suppose it's too much to hope that it will crash on the House of Commons?

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 May 2021 10:14:00 (#20 of 31)

That would be awful.

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