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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) 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.