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Decaying Orbit Dooms Space Station

by Bunk X ( 39 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, OOT, Open thread, Satire, Science, Technology at March 14th, 2012 - 11:00 pm


Randolph WI (Strutts News Services) -  All orbits decay over time, which means that satellites can fall, and France’s  Maison de L’orbite Space Station is no exception.

The experimental prototype, built in the early 1970′s and launched last April, officially brought France into the Space Age with little fanfare.  Presently orbiting at 500 feet, its orbit is decaying at the rate of 2.7 inches per day, and is expected to return to earth sometime in 2018.

The Wicked Witch of the East should be very concerned and seriously consider moving to Kansas – maybe even hide out on The Overnight Open Thread.

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39 Responses to “Decaying Orbit Dooms Space Station”
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  1. huckfunn
    1 | March 13, 2012 11:22 pm

    Hey, Bonk… you’ve got dueling OOTs.


  2. mfhorn
    2 | March 14, 2012 11:14 pm

    A local ‘Wine Dive’ is having a fund raiser for the leukemia/lymphoma society. An Irish Whiskey/beer tasting.

    Beers: Smithwicks; Harp; Guinness Black Lager; Guinness Stout
    Whiskey: Bushmills; Black Bush; Bushmills Honey; Bushmills 10 yr Malt; Bushmills Rare 16 yr Malt.

    I’m going, I just kinda wish it was Friday instead of Thursday.


  3. AZfederalist
    3 | March 14, 2012 11:16 pm

    Yep, by the time I got to this thread last night, it wasn’t there anymore.

    Looks like the French build space stations like they build automobiles.


  4. 4 | March 14, 2012 11:21 pm

    Cough cough Bullshit…….. Nothing Orbits at 500 feet… Silly Strutt’s New Services, got conned by the French…. AGAIN…


  5. MrPaulRevere
    5 | March 14, 2012 11:50 pm

    Submitted without comment: PHOENIX -- A man described as a President Barack Obama fanatic pleads guilty to threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/justice/man-pleads-guilty-to-threatening-arpaio-03142012


  6. AZfederalist
    6 | March 15, 2012 12:21 am

    @ MrPaulRevere:

    Danged Tea Partiers. Haven’t they learned anything about civil discourse?

    /s


  7. Alberta Oil Peon
    7 | March 15, 2012 12:27 am

    @ MrPaulRevere:
    And he’s not going to jail? Pity, that. He’d look so fetching in pink underwear. Maybe supervised custody c/o the sage of Culver City?


  8. The Osprey
    8 | March 15, 2012 12:48 am

    @ mfhorn:

    The Bushmill’s 16 year is really good stuff.


  9. The Osprey
    9 | March 15, 2012 12:49 am

    @ doriangrey:
    The Villa Straylight it’s not…


  10. 10 | March 15, 2012 4:05 am

    Humpf. I have a bottle of that Bushmills 16, and it ain’t all that. With all due apologies to The Auld Sod and my Irish ancestors, my Scottish ancestors make a better whiskey.

    Of course, the Scots are Irish, in large part, and even the Picts were Celts, so it’s all in the family, if you will.


  11. 11 | March 15, 2012 4:37 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    Humpf. I have a bottle of that Bushmills 16, and it ain’t all that. With all due apologies to The Auld Sod and my Irish ancestors, my Scottish ancestors make a better whiskey.
    Of course, the Scots are Irish, in large part, and even the Picts were Celts, so it’s all in the family, if you will.

    Damn Mike C. we are ALL Celts. The modern Scots-Irish are those who went through The Ulster Plantation which is a “Rite of Passage” thing these days.

    If you get right down to it we are ALL Celts of varying Breeds. Them English Bastards call us all names so get over it. On St. Paddys Day the proper toast is “Fuck them all not Celtic Born”!


  12. 12 | March 15, 2012 5:15 am

    @ AZOlddog:

    I’m not of Scots-Irish ancestry. I’m of Catholic Irish and Catholic Scottish ancestry. The Irish from County Leitrim and the Scottish from the northeast lowlands.

    The wife, OTOH, is Anglo-Norman up every line.


  13. RIX
    13 | March 15, 2012 5:16 am

    Good morning. Nothing like going wide awake in a hotel
    room at 3:30am.
    I do not suggest that you try it.


  14. RIX
    14 | March 15, 2012 5:24 am

    @ Mike C.:
    The Scots & early Britons were all of Irish ancestry.
    Padrick (St. Patrick) was actually a Romanised
    Celt from Briton.


  15. 15 | March 15, 2012 5:47 am

    Well, the Scots per se immigrated from Ireland, hence the name. The Picts were Celts, but whether they came via Ireland or straight from the European mainland is open to question, to say the least.


  16. RIX
    16 | March 15, 2012 5:55 am

    @ Mike C.:
    Scotland is of course named after Scotia the Galic
    Queen after their ddefeat at the hands of Rome.
    From everything that I have read they first occupoied
    Ireland & then went to Scotland & Briton.
    I don’t guess that it can be proven either way.
    In any case try Jamesons, I think that it is superior
    to Bushmills.


  17. RIX
    17 | March 15, 2012 6:01 am

    @ Mike C.:
    Isn’t it believed that the Picts where there prior
    to the time that the Irish Celts got to Scotland.
    Also some people believe that a race of peopl,e the
    Firbogs where in Ireland before the Gael arrived
    and spawned the idea of the mythical little People.


  18. 18 | March 15, 2012 6:41 am

    Scotia was the Latin name for the island of Ireland. That’s why the recent immigrants from Ireland were termed “Scots” or “Scottish.” The Picts were in Scotland before the “Scots” arrived, yes.


  19. waldensianspirit
    19 | March 15, 2012 6:42 am

    President Barack Obama must stop apologizing for every misstep in the Afghanistan war — it makes the United States look weak in the eyes of the enemy, Republican Rep. Allen West told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

    And if there is no political will to deal with Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, the U.S. might as well remove all troops from the country, he added.

    “If you are not going to contend with the sanctuaries that are across the border in Pakistan, then you should depart from Afghanistan because you are not going to have a secure situation until you deal with what the ISI in Pakistan is allowing to happen,” he said referring to that country’s intelligence service.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: West to Newsmax: If There’s No Will to Win, Leave Afghanistan Now
    Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!


  20. waldensianspirit
    20 | March 15, 2012 6:47 am

    I agree with most of what Lt Col Allen West is saying. He mentions Karzai as a problem so continuing to prop him up with the best of mission plans is a no go as well


  21. RIX
    21 | March 15, 2012 6:58 am

    @ Mike C.:
    I wonder if there is relly anything to the Firbog
    legend in Ireland.
    Morgan Lleyelyn wrote a great book from the perspective
    of the Gael in “Druids”, about the Roman Gaelic War.
    It’s hard to seperate fact from fiction, but a much
    different account than Caesars Commentaries.


  22. RIX
    22 | March 15, 2012 7:06 am

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    I agree with most of what Lt Col Allen West is saying. He mentions Karzai as a problem so continuing to prop him up with the best of mission plans is a no go as well

    Karzai is lucky that JFK is not President.
    He would probably have had a terrible accident
    by now.


  23. waldensianspirit
    23 | March 15, 2012 7:12 am

    @ RIX:
    Unless we cut Afghanistan into territories namely American mineral mining region separated from cave dwelling types and focused on the mineral resources Afghanistan is a lose-lose wrt to stay or go


  24. waldensianspirit
    24 | March 15, 2012 7:15 am

    Concerning most conservatives they’re not even beginning to grasp Romney’s thought patterns. He doesn’t have the same Western Thinking and mental development.


  25. RIX
    25 | March 15, 2012 7:31 am

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    @ RIX:
    Unless we cut Afghanistan into territories namely American mineral mining region separated from cave dwelling types and focused on the mineral resources Afghanistan is a lose-lose wrt to stay or go

    Yeah, it’s a no win situation.
    The whole idea was to rout Al Queda & punish the
    Taliban. Our troops have done that.
    Nation building should not be part of the deal.
    These are primative religious fanatics & they do
    not want to be a Western style democracy.


  26. mfhorn
    26 | March 15, 2012 7:52 am

    RIX wrote:

    @ Mike C.:
    In any case try Jamesons, I think that it is superior
    to Bushmills.

    Black Bush & Tullamore Dew are my favorites. Brennan’s is at the bottom of my list. A friend of mine & I have tried at least 9-10 different kinds- Kilbeggan’s, Tyrconnel, a couple of other Bushmill’s & Jameson, Knappogue Castle, Powers…


  27. 27 | March 15, 2012 7:56 am

    @ RIX:
    There was a book out years ago. I think it was called “Secrets of the Druids”. It was a very resonable look at the druids, Irish culture, and celtic culture. A lot of it is speculation, drawn upon Roman propaganda, and typical Irish culture going back to St. Patrick and so forth. I found it extremely thought provoking.

    And no, it’s not a glorification of paganism or Gaia worship either.


  28. RIX
    28 | March 15, 2012 8:13 am

    @ mfhorn:
    Iyt sounds like great reearch.


  29. RIX
    29 | March 15, 2012 8:14 am

    @ PaladinPhil:
    I am going to pick that up. The subject is facinating.


  30. m
    30 | March 15, 2012 8:14 am

    @ RIX:

    Yeah, I love stuff like that. Very interesting.

    Good morning all!


  31. mawskrat
    31 | March 15, 2012 8:15 am

    Good Mornin All….make it a great day


  32. m
    32 | March 15, 2012 8:18 am

    @ waldensianspirit:

    Allen West. We need to clone him.


  33. m
    33 | March 15, 2012 8:18 am

    @ mawskrat:

    Hey Mawskrat! I’mmma try!


  34. 34 | March 15, 2012 8:27 am

    @ mawskrat:
    Working on it. Pay day, picking up a piece of used camera equipment and saving big bucks at it, processing a ton of client pictures….Just need more hours in the day is all.


  35. m
    35 | March 15, 2012 8:27 am

    @JammieWF

    Sandra Fluke’s Boyfriend, Adam “Cutie Pants” Mutterperl, And His Radical Socialist Family http://thegraph.com/2012/03/sandra-flukes-boyfriend/

    She doesn’t need the pill. Her boyfriend wears a full body condom!


  36. mawskrat
    36 | March 15, 2012 8:28 am

    @ m:

    yep all we can do is try to make
    our little bit of the world a
    better place. I’ve been working
    my gardens since it’s looking
    like we will have an early spring.

    trying a “Back to Eden Garden”

    BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!

    snip


  37. m
    37 | March 15, 2012 8:31 am

    @ mawskrat:

    Ya help make all of ours a little better every day with that toofy grin in your gravatar!! Love it!

    ~:D

    Off to the mines…


  38. waldensianspirit
    38 | March 15, 2012 8:33 am

    m wrote:

    She doesn’t need the pill. Her boyfriend wears a full body condom!

    And I’m supposed to pay for that!!?!?!?!!!


  39. 39 | March 15, 2012 8:38 am

    @ m:

    She doesn’t nee the pill. Her boyfriend’s a douche! :mrgreen:


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