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posted by martyb on Sunday January 09, @02:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the rain-drops^W^W-rockets-keep-falling-on-my-head dept.

A big failed Russian rocket just came crashing back to Earth out of control:

A Russian rocket fell to a watery resting place on Wednesday after an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere.

The Persei booster was launched on Dec. 27 by the heavy-lift Angara-A5 rocket for a test mission. However, the upper-stage booster failed to enter the Earth's orbit as planned. Instead, it began inevitably being pulled back toward the atmosphere by Earth's gravity for an expected return to the surface in bits and pieces (if at all) on Wednesday afternoon, Pacific time.

[...] "I do NOT regard this object as a significant risk," leading orbit watcher and astronomer Jonathan McDowell said on Twitter.  "Reentries for a object with dry mass of about 4 tonnes may see some debris reach the ground, but not much."

The rocket is thought to have weighed around 20 tons, but over 75% of that mass would have been in fuel that almost certainly would have burned up in the atmosphere.

The 18th Space Control Squadron of the US Space Force confirmed that the rocket reentered over the Pacific Ocean just after 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday.


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @07:31PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @07:31PM (#1211294)

    ?? I don't get the "joke." What do the democrats have to do with this? The only US political jokes that have to do with Russia most certainly don't have to do with the democrats.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @08:14PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @08:14PM (#1211305)

    Because some Democrats pointed out that Russian interests help elect dumbo and Republicans can't handle the idea they were duped by a country they considered the enemy. Also explains their unexpected change of heart where Russia became best buds for 4 years. Wild times, it was very shocking to see the GOP suddenly get friendly with Russia even sending some prominent pols over on July 4th one year. So mentioning Russia now triggers them to blame Dems, cuz Rs are nothing if not consistent in their projectng their issues on others.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @11:59PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 09, @11:59PM (#1211352)

      More precisely, the Democrat party lied during Trump's entire presidency (before he even took office) by referring to a dossier Hillary Clinton had describing intel about how Trump was completely compromised by Russian agents. They referred to this for years. It turns out to have been 100% bullshit after it was officially investigated by the Federal govt. They traced the author of this dossier as a liar paid by Hillary Clinton to provide this dossier. All of the claims made were found to be fake. Hillary commissioned this fictional writing right at the time it was discovered that she had been using a personal email server instead of her govt one to host classified info so as to evade the scrutiny mandated by law for govt records. When found out, she immediately erased all the email evidence and was never charged for this major breech of security and released the Russian dossier to throw media attention off her crime and create a new scandal (made up) about her opponent in the presidential election.

      The fact that the parent commenter mentions this debunked Russian "evidence" as if it were true shows that a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth to those who want to believe it.

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Joe Desertrat on Monday January 10, @12:26AM (3 children)

        by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Monday January 10, @12:26AM (#1211357)

        Some documentation please. Of pretty much every claim in your statement, the existence of said dossier, Hillary claiming to have it, Democrats referring to it, etc.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @02:25AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @02:25AM (#1211383)

          These events and facts are all public information, esp. the findings of the federal investigator.
          You can google it all.

          • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:26AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:26AM (#1211410)

            No, most of what you claim are not "facts" outside of Fox News. They are unsubstantiated statements, or at least the ones not shown to be outright lies. You also don't need a dossier when you have people like Flynn and Kushner directly meeting with the Russians for the purposes of getting "dirt."

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday January 10, @05:58PM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 10, @05:58PM (#1211557) Journal
          AC refers to the Steele dossier [wikipedia.org]. I guess the relevant facts are that 1) the dossier's allegations claimed extensive collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia (as well as some other exciting stuff like the golden shower thing), 2) those allegations have never been proven, and 3) it appears that the dossier was a significant component [thefederalist.com] of the justification for surveillance warrants against Carter Page, one of the earliest people put under investigation (only Manafort (and his associates) seems to be earlier - see this timeline [factcheck.org], including a warrant from 2014, because he was already under investigation for earlier crimes).

          That last point is significant because once they had surveillance of Page, they could get information to get surveillance on others. From the "significant component" link above (a report by US Inspector General Michael Horowitz):

          “Nevertheless, we found that members of the [counterintelligence] team failed to meet the basic obligation to ensure that the Carter Page FISA applications were ‘scrupulously accurate,'” the report reads. This is because the counterintelligence team used unverified hearsay from Steele — and only the information from Steele — as evidence to justify eavesdropping.

  • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @04:48AM (#1211416)

    Russia is the scapegoat for all democrat losses in an election, and now, while the dems are in charge, Russia is responsible for everything else that they (the dems) screw up.

    And now, the democrat mod squad will entertain me with more downmods...