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    By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer – 2 hrs 42 mins ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A small piece of space junk is drifting dangerously close to the International Space Station.
    NASA has ordered the three station astronauts to seek shelter late Tuesday afternoon in the Russian Soyuz capsule that is docked at the orbiting complex. A NASA spokesman says there's no time to steer the station out of harm's way.
    The debris is from a Chinese satellite that was deliberately destroyed in 2007 as part of a weapons test. It's projected to pass within a couple miles of the space station.
    The Chinese are like freaking children. I predicted this when they fired their laser the last time. Look what these idiots have done!
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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    The threat has past for now.

    I too remember when the Chinese blew this thing up and it was widely reported by people in NASA that this would be a consequence. It's like a time delayed grenade with hundreds may thousands of projectiles just looking for something to destroy.

    Have you ever seen the Space junk they have to keep track of? It's amazing.


    It's like an LA Freeway during rush hours only this crap is going almost 18,000 mph not a snails pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    The Chinese are like freaking children. I predicted this when they fired their laser the last time. Look what these idiots have done!
    To be fair, it's not just the Chinese doing this. Most of the space junk up there is ours.
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    We need the orbital chapter of Greenpeace on the job... what a mess up there, and it is only going to get worse...

    Kandarhar -- but this particular debris set IS from a satellite the Chinese destroyed in a weapons test...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    To be fair, it's not just the Chinese doing this. Most of the space junk up there is ours.
    Yeah, but we know where our **** is. The Chinese are showboating by taking potshots at space junk, not knowing what the **** they are doing.
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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Yeah, but we know where our **** is. The Chinese are showboating by taking potshots at space junk, not knowing what the **** they are doing.
    You know we blew up a satellite in a very similar fashion not long after that. Launched off an F-15 if I remember right!
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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Yeah, but we know where our **** is. The Chinese are showboating by taking potshots at space junk, not knowing what the **** they are doing.
    We don't really know what we're doing either, nor could we do anything about it if our own space junk wandered too close to the ISS. I agree with Ludahai, this problem is going to get worse. And as we put more crap into orbit, the problem doesn't just get worse...it gets EXPONENTIALLY worse. This is because every time two objects in orbit crash into each other, there are 100 new pieces of space junk instead of just 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    We don't really know what we're doing either, nor could we do anything about it if our own space junk wandered too close to the ISS. I agree with Ludahai, this problem is going to get worse. And as we put more crap into orbit, the problem doesn't just get worse...it gets EXPONENTIALLY worse. This is because every time two objects in orbit crash into each other, there are 100 new pieces of space junk instead of just 2.
    There is a govt group that watches this ****, what the hell are you talking about? The Chinese couldn't find their asses with a map.
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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    There is a govt group that watches this ****, what the hell are you talking about? The Chinese couldn't find their asses with a map.
    Ok you need to educate yourself on the technological limits of space junk tracking, then educate yourself in basic math,

    Here's what you are missing without said knowledge:
    1) You don't realize that not many but the vast majority of space debris is too small to track, therefore there is no gov't agency that watches this ****, they attempt to watch this proverbial **** but cannot do so due to lack of technological ability. On top of that if something explodes or is destroyed in space stuff spreads fast, if no one is looking at it when it explodes it may be impossible track a lot of material moving away from the explosion site.

    2) Basic math will tell you that an object can be very small but still do serious damage, like a bullet for example. Force is a function of mass and velocity, and a small object can deliver an extreme force, which can cause extreme damage, if its traveling fast enough.

    For example here's what a fleck of paint did to the window of a space shuttle



    Go ahead and tell me the US or anyone has technology that can track the movement of a small speck of paint hundreds of miles away floating through space.

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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post

    For example here's what a fleck of paint did to the window of a space shuttle


    I bet that that fleck of paint was Chinese.
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