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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:29 PM
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Where's the falling satellite
Should we be looking up?
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:38 PM
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1. I just checked my back yard. It's not there. nt
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:40 PM
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2. it will pass over the west coast between seattle and pdx
approx. 9:20pm.. if it stays in orbit that long.

I have no idea where it is now :shrug:
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:02 PM
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19. BETWEEN Seattle and Portland? East/West or North/South - do
you know?
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:50 PM
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41. Update: almost directly over Portland at about 9:17pm
60degrees
should be visible for up to 3 minutes

according to KATU tv
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:51 PM
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50. I'm ready with cameras at a fire lookout tower 157 mi S of Mt. Hood
I'm set up now, but drift smoke from the southwest might hinder my sighting.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 11:36 PM
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52. No-Joy on the 21:17-21:20 overflight of PDX (I tried!)
I had excellent visibility from just below the Big Dipper across the sky above me. And it is a very dark night. The drift smoke was no factor, but the 30-35 knot wind was (for photography). The lookout was swaying too badly for night shots. The drift smoke is just about on me, so if the satellite makes another lap I probably couldn't see it.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-24-11 11:13 AM
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55. We didn't see a thing either...
it was still 100mi up when it went over :(
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:40 PM
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3. I wonder where Dick Cheney is tonight.
A guy can dream, no?
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:03 PM
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12. And the "brothers" so grim....
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:43 PM
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4. Falling Satellite Slows Down, Earth Strike Delayed ...NPR
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) A 6-ton NASA satellite on a collision course with Earth clung to space Friday, apparently flipping position in its ever-lower orbit and stalling its death plunge.

The old research spacecraft was targeted to crash through the atmosphere sometime Friday night or early Saturday, putting the U.S. back in the potential crosshairs, although most of the satellite should burn up during re-entry.

"It just doesn't want to come down," said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

McDowell said the satellite's delayed demise demonstrates how unreliable predictions can be. That said, "the best guess is that it will still splash in the ocean, just because there's more ocean out there."

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14...
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:48 PM
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5. Thanks
Hope it doesn't hit a cruise ship!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:03 PM
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20. "It just doesn't want to come down," Can you blame it? nt
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:22 PM
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30. Satellite on Viagra. nt
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:51 PM
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6. track it here ..
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:52 PM
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7. Great - that's what we need
:hi:
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:54 PM
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8. Thanks!
:)
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:59 PM
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11. ..
:hug:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:26 PM
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34. Here's the Nasa tracker.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:37 PM
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38. heading to Portland?
:shrug:
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:00 PM
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46. next pass, about 9:15
unless it lands before it makes it all the way around again.. currently at 145km, won't be visible until it falls below about 120km
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:49 PM
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40. thanx for link !
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cloudbase Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:55 PM
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9. Last I heard,
it was heading this w
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 06:57 PM
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10. LOLing at your handle
It won't harm your cloudbase :evilgrin:
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:07 PM
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13. Betting it will land in the cornfields by us in MN. Yikes!
:scared: :hide: :nuke: :wow:
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d_r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:07 PM
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14. did you ever see this?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:09 PM
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15. No
:rofl:
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d_r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:36 PM
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18. If you ever want to blow a day with a too long movie
you should. It is one of those very 1980s movies that is sort of a cross-the-world road movie, with an Indian nuclear satellite crashing in the background. And a lot of weird things going on.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:04 PM
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22. One of the funniest comments I heard about the satellite was
that if it comes down near us we should leave it because it may be hot and it is the property of the US government. Huh? :rofl:
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:12 PM
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16. I think planes should be grounded.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 07:13 PM
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17. Here's a website to track it and find sightings of the ISS
www.heavensabove.com
They usually have ISS on the map off to the right, now it's UARS
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:05 PM
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24. Thanks
:fistbump:
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:03 PM
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21. Check eBay - I'm sure there will be dozens of "authentic satellite pieces"
for sale by Monday.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:05 PM
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23. That's banned - it's US government property
:rofl:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:14 PM
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25. NASA is saying it could be a spectacular light show if it comes down on the dark side.
Edited on Fri Sep-23-11 08:16 PM by lonestarnot
Any pilots, flight crew members or aircraft passengers who manage to observe the UARS satellite re-entry could get a spectacular view. Because the satellite is so large, its fiery re-entry should be visible as a bright fireball, even in daylight. If the satellite falls over the Earth's night side, the resulting light show could be spectacular, NASA officials have said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44647295/ns/technology_and_...
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:16 PM
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26. Doo Doo Doo ... lookin' out my back door
Some of you will be too young to get that ...

Bake
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:26 PM
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33. .
There's a giant doing cartwheels,
A statue wearing high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
A dinosaur Victrola listening to Buck Owens.
Doo Doo Doo lookin out my back door
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:27 PM
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35. And some of us are old enough to remember it!
:hi:

Bake
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:31 PM
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37. Yep.
:hi:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:30 PM
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36. Creedence Clearwater Revival?
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:45 PM
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39. Yes indeedy!!
:hi:

Bake
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:57 PM
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51. Well it came out of the sky, landed just a little south of Moline...
Jody fell out of his tractor, couldn't b'lieve what he seen...

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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:17 PM
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27. Ouch! Found it.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:17 PM
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28. I'm putting extra tinfoil
on my tinfoil hat, just in case
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:20 PM
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29. I will land on eBay
It will be listed on eBay before you can sneeze
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:24 PM
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31. Very cool pic over at nasa.gov
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 09:02 PM
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42. Thanks
Nice
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 08:25 PM
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32. Not yet. It's slowed down, so now they're saying early tomorrow and may now hit US.
For some reason the atmosphere thickened or something and slowed its path.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 09:03 PM
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43. I never remembered that a piece of Sputnik landed in
Wisconsin. I remember Skylab in Perth Australia.

hope it avoids people.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 09:04 PM
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44. Returning home, to the creator
Just like V'ger.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:03 PM
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47. Hah! We just watched that the other night! Great reference.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:10 PM
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49. So
Edited on Fri Sep-23-11 10:10 PM by customerserviceguy
which Star Trek movie had the cheesiest uniforms? The too-tight stretchy ones from the V'ger movie, or those frilly ones from the next couple of flicks that made Captain Kirk look like Captain Morgan (before he was hip enough to do Olympic dives from pirate ships)?
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 09:12 PM
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45. I wonder what would happen if it fell
into hurricane Ophelia...

Would it be ripped to little tiny pieces like crackers in a blender?

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-24-11 05:15 AM
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54. Hurricane Hilary would be a better bet for its destruction
That was close to a Cat5 yesterday
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 10:06 PM
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48. wait a minute....uh...i think i......meow....er...there it......is....
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-24-11 05:09 AM
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53. ROFL
Edited on Sat Sep-24-11 05:13 AM by malaise
Word is that it came down somewhere in Canada - BBC says there is a twitter report about Calgary!!

On the other hand this report suggests they aren't sure where it landed
NASA's dead six-ton satellite fell to Earth early on Saturday morning, starting its fiery death plunge somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean. Details were still sketchy, but the US Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center and NASA say that the bus-sized satellite first penetrated Earth's
atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. That doesn't necessarily mean it all fell into the sea. NASA's calculations had predicted that the former climate research satellite would fall over a 500-mile swath.

The two government agencies say the 35-foot satellite fell sometime between 11:23 pm EDT and 1:09 am EDT. NASA said it didn't know the precise time or location yet.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Satellite-falls-over-Paci...

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