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    US military satellite explodes above Earth

    US military satellite explodes above Earth - Telegraph

    A US military satellite exploded after detecting an unexplained “sudden spike in temperature”, sending dozens of chunks of debris tumbling into different orbits around Earth.Civilian company CelesTrak was first to notice the explosion of the once-secret weather satellite and the US Air Force subsequently confirmed that it had been lost.

    The satellite was an ageing component of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program which the US military began developing the in the 1960s to help plan reconnaissance and surveillance missions. In 1972 the system was declassified, and data made available to civilian scientists.

    The lost satellite was the 13th to be launched as part of DMSP, designated DMSP-F13, and had been in Earth orbit since 1995.

    Air Force Space Command confirmed to SpaceNews.com that the “catastrophic event” came after “a sudden spike in temperature” was detected, followed by “an unrecoverable loss of attitude control”.
    The Kessler syndrome (also called the Kessler effect,[1][2] collisional cascading or ablation cascade), proposed by the NASA scientist Donald J. Kessler in 1978, is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade—each collision generating space debris which increases the likelihood of further collisions.[3] One implication is that the distribution of debris in orbit could render space exploration, and even the use of satellites, unfeasible for many generations.[3]
    Kessler syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Also, what if something shot it down?? Or better, a country did?

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Well that doesn't happen everyday. Wonder if we shot our own sat down as part of a weapons test......
    If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it. We shan't keep the fire going. We'll be like animals. We'll never be rescued.

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Well that doesn't happen everyday. Wonder if we shot our own sat down as part of a weapons test......
    It's a thought. But regardless of how, the issue at the moment is uncontrolled debris, the Kessler Syndrome is bad ju ju.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    It's a thought. But regardless of how, the issue at the moment is uncontrolled debris, the Kessler Syndrome is bad ju ju.
    Worse for the Chinese and Russians than for us. We have no way to put a man in orbit at the moment.
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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    Worse for the Chinese and Russians than for us. We have no way to put a man in orbit at the moment.
    It's not just manned missions, Communication satellites, weather, GPS...

    Bad ju ju.

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    It's not just manned missions, Communication satellites, weather, GPS...

    Bad ju ju.
    Half of ours blow up on the ground anyways, so again, no big deal
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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    It's not just manned missions, Communication satellites, weather, GPS...

    Bad ju ju.
    Here's my thinking -

    Obama wants to grant amnesty to a few million illegal aliens who will all need jobs and the liberals love to spend money to stimulate the economy so what I'm thinking is that we could send Jeh Johnson to Home Depot to pick up 3,000,000 leaf blowers for $120 each and then we could send all 3,000,000 illegals into space to clean up. That'd kill two or three birds with one stone.

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    It's been hanging around up there for 20 years then all of a sudden spikes in temp and explodes? That is odd. Would getting hit by another object cause such a temp spike? I would think a laser would do the trick. But wouldn't an enemy country hit something more significant and if we secretly did it to ourselves as a test wouldn't we shoot something down that wouldn't be reported?

    Interesting mystery.

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    This is why we need to colonize the Earth-Moon system.

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    Re: US military satellite explodes above Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Here's my thinking -

    Obama wants to grant amnesty to a few million illegal aliens who will all need jobs and the liberals love to spend money to stimulate the economy so what I'm thinking is that we could send Jeh Johnson to Home Depot to pick up 3,000,000 leaf blowers for $120 each and then we could send all 3,000,000 illegals into space to clean up. That'd kill two or three birds with one stone.
    If this is such a liberal thing to do why did a conservative come up with it, eh?

    Check and mate.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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