The Sarcastic Cynic™

Sarcastic and cynical view of the world.

“Los hermanos sean unidos, esa es la ley primera, porque si no, nos devoran los de afuera” — October 1, 2015
Do you live on this side? — February 6, 2014
New photo found on Stuck On Earth — December 27, 2013
Argentina Was in the Bull’s Eye — November 16, 2013

Argentina Was in the Bull’s Eye

European GOCE Satellite Falls To Earth In Fiery Death Dive

Space.com  |  By Tariq MalikPosted: 11/11/2013 12:44 am EST

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Satellite Falls To Earth In Fiery Death Dive.  It  Almost Hits Argentina.

A European satellite met its fiery doom in Earth’s atmosphere late Sunday (Nov. 10), succumbing to the same gravitational pull of the planet that it spent the last four years mapping like never before.

The European Space Agency’s GOCE satellite fell from space Sunday at 7 p.m. EST (0000 Nov. 11 GMT) while flying on a path that would take it over Siberia, the Western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica, ESA officials said.  Read more…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/satellite-falls-earth-death-dive_n_4252796.html#es_share_ended

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An uncontrolled fall from space was always to be its fate. They just don’t care. — November 10, 2013

An uncontrolled fall from space was always to be its fate. They just don’t care.

I don’t understand why the European Space Agency and other agencies are allowed to design vehicles, or satellites that after having successfully completed their mission are left to return to Earth in an uncontrolled fall from space.  Is it too difficult to program and include fuel for their controlled return?  Skylab  suffered the same fate and NASA was not too worried about its trajectory as it disintegrated while tumbling through Earth’s atmosphere. Eventually probability will catch up with their recklessness.Unknown

Doomed European Satellite May Fall to Earth Tonight, But Where?

A European satellite at the end of its mission is expected to fall out of space tonight. According to European Space Agency predictions, the falling GOCE satellite could to Earth sometime Sunday night (Nov. 10) or early Monday. “The satellite is at an altitude of 147 km (91 miles), dropping at a rate of more than 1 km (0.6 miles) an hour,” ESA’s GOCE spacecraft operations manager Christoph Steiger wrote in a status update today, adding that the atmospheric drag on the satellite is too high to measure. ESA scientists expect 25 to 45 fragments of the satellite to survive the fiery re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Did you wave when our picture was taken from Saturn? — July 23, 2013

Did you wave when our picture was taken from Saturn?

The tiny blue dot in this image is in fact Earth captured from a distance of 900 million miles looking past Saturn’s rings.  Earth is a tiny blue dot in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft hundreds of millions of miles away.  Hopefully we were all smiling.

(Image via: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

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Felix Baumgartner is set to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle — October 9, 2012

Felix Baumgartner is set to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19860249

See live Internet stream of this accomplishment delayed by 20 seconds just in case of an accident at: http://www.foxnews.com/science/index.html
Launch has been cancelled due to technical difficulties.

Update:  On Sunday October 14, 2012 Felix Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere.   Read more about his achievements below.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/jump-from-space-s-edge-provides-collective-moment-279883

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