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Psihala 02 April 2018 12:43 PM

Chinese space station Tiangong-1 reenters atmosphere over Pacific
 
A defunct Chinese space station plummeted through Earth's atmosphere on Sunday night, and officials said debris from the 18,000-pound spacecraft landed in the Pacific Ocean.

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science...rth-ncna861756

jimmy101_again 02 April 2018 06:41 PM

But where did the safe land? (All orbiting man made objects contain at least one piece that is "the size of a safe".)

GenYus234 02 April 2018 06:47 PM

I think the safe crashed on part of the last paragraph.

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Only one person — of Tulsa, Oklahoma — is known to have been hit by space debris. Williams was struck on the shoulder by a piece of a rocket's fuel tank in 1997 while she was out for a walk, but she was uninjured.

WildaBeast 02 April 2018 06:58 PM

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Whatever remained of the craft fell in the South Pacific, between California and Hawaii
Errr, wait, wouldn't that be the North Pacific then, since Hawaii is north of the Equator? I'd always thought the South Pacific was the region of the Pacific Ocean south of the Equator.

GenYus234 02 April 2018 07:30 PM

Thompson is an engineering specialist, not a geography specialist.

I'm guessing that it was based on the idea that "South Pacific" is the warm, tropical islands part and "North Pacific" is the cold, arctic or near-arctic areas like the Aleutians.

erwins 02 April 2018 08:29 PM

Wikipedia says the South Pacific (or the South Seas) is the part south of the Panama Canal's latitude. That still doesn't put Hawaii in it.

Other news articles say the debris came down within 100km of Tahiti, though. Which doesn't put it between Hawaii and CA, but does put it in the South Pacific, I think.

E. Q. Taft 02 April 2018 09:04 PM

The Pacific? Wow, that's the ocean I live near!

Missed it by *that* much...

Skeptic 03 April 2018 04:23 AM

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Originally Posted by E. Q. Taft (Post 1975695)
The Pacific? Wow, that's the ocean I live near!

Missed it by *that* much...

OMG, I live near that ocean too. We must be neighbours.

Gutter Monkey 03 April 2018 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by GenYus234 (Post 1975690)
I'm guessing that it was based on the idea that "South Pacific" is the warm, tropical islands part and "North Pacific" is the cold, arctic or near-arctic areas like the Aleutians.

Well of course the boundaries are vague and ill-defined, it's not the Specific ocean :fish:

ganzfeld 03 April 2018 06:37 AM

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Originally Posted by E. Q. Taft (Post 1975695)
The Pacific? Wow, that's the ocean I live near! Missed it by *that* much...

Me too! This is truly the luckiest day of our lives.


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