September 23, 2011

UARS Satellite


“We’re all going to die!”

Ok that’s not exactly what he said but I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant. Today, sometime in the afternoon a satellite is going to touch down over the Europe or Asian continent...or maybe Africa. They can't quite figure it out. 

“Odds are 3000 to 1 that you’ll get hit,” he says reassuringly.

“I’m not really down with those odds.”

“According to the CBS news website, you’re not suppose to pick it up either.”

“What if it’s on my head.”

I start wondering how much damage a 6.5-ton satellite can do and decide to stay inside. Stobby's never been good with the odds. With an array of choice, she always manages to get up the nerve to introduce herself to the one person in the room who isn’t on heavy medication but should be.

If you’re interested in the trajectory of UARS satellite, NASA has posted real time tracking at http://www.n2yo.com. Unfortunately it’s overloaded by a large number of people who also feel unlucky. You’re better off looking up at the sky. Make sure you wear your glasses, though. There are still birds up there. 

7 comments:

  1. LOL! I've been wondering the same thing! What if it does land on your head? Personally, if I were you, I'd come up with a contingency plan. I'd be loathe to wait for the hazmat team.

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  2. I think that if it came down on my head that it might make my day that much worse. I hate having a bad day.

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  3. @ Cindy...I've got latex gloves and a face mask so if it does land on me, at the very least I won't get the flu.

    @Michael....as long as it' s not on the computer which these days is turning out to be more valuable ;)

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  4. Hi-ya. Thanks for visiting my blog. Figured I'd return the favor. Years ago, when Skylab was coming down, our oldest son insisted on wearing a football helmet all day. Even when he was in the bathtub. (Musta worked, because he's still here!)Oh, by the way, when you look for inspiration, you don't mess around .. the ALPS! Wow. No excuses for not writing beautiful stuff, lady, no excuses at all.

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  5. @ Cindy...I've got latex gloves and a face mask so if it does land on me, at the very least I won't get the flu.

    Good plan. I've cited you for a Versatile Blogger Award, if only because you think ahead!

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  6. Funniest thing I've seen in a while is a woman they interviewed on Good Morning America who is one of the few, if not the only one, who was hit by a piece of space debris. The interviewer asked her for any advice she'd have for someone if they saw UARS heading toward them. She looked deadpan at the camera and said, "Run."

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  7. @Susan....ha! poor kid. I'd be more worried of dying with helmet head.

    @Cindy....thank you.

    @Ruth...Hilarious! I would have loved to see that reaction.

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