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Lord Jubjub
2007-Mar-28, 11:01 PM
see here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6505143.stm)

A plane landing in New Zealand heard and reported sonic booms from debris falling from the sky. It was thought to be a Russian satellite coming down, but apparently that satellite hadn't been brought down by that time. NASA is thinking meteor fragments.

foreignkid
2007-Mar-29, 12:34 AM
The Nasa expert, Nicholas Johnson, said no other space junk was expected to be re-entering atmosphere at that time so the pilots probably saw a meteor.


I'll bet he works at the Johnson Space Center, over in Texas...

Maksutov
2007-Mar-29, 02:47 AM
I'll bet he works at the Johnson Space Center, over in Texas...And takes his breaks under a linden tree...

Frantic Freddie
2007-Mar-29, 03:07 AM
Fiery debris seen from an airplane.


I guess that's better than being seen in the plane.

Nicolas
2007-Mar-29, 07:57 AM
I guess that's better than being seen in the plane.

No kidding, thathappened to a Sabena plane once. Flew from Spain to Belgium IIRC, and had a hole smashed through the windshield by a small meteor, which was later found in the cabin. They made an emergency dive to denser air and landed safely in swiss or somewhere. Strangely enoug, after finding 1 article about it in the past (after a lot of searching), I never could trace that story again.

OK so there's a bit of confusion as to what was happening the last days. We can take out an unknown russian sat; it wasn't that and thy meant the progress anyway. So that means most probably the plane did see a meteor indeed, and the progress landed just fine. What remains is the somalia case. I doubt it's a satellite there, even SpaceX Demosat, because why on earth (reversed pun intended) would a satellite need lamps and audible sound production on its body? That is, assumin the reports are correct and it indeed did have lights and audible voices coming out of it.

NEOWatcher
2007-Mar-29, 12:34 PM
Does anybody want to tell me where the main discussion on this is?:think:
HERE? (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=56407)(mentioned but possibly different)
HERE? (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=56386)(looks like it was explained)
HERE? (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=56429)(discussion went nowhere, but it's only a few threads away)

Nicolas
2007-Mar-29, 12:59 PM
Merge 'em all in space and astronomy. All means:

Somalia thing, aircraft sighting, Progress return. So th ones you listed. They are all interrelated AFAIK. I mean their discussions are, as all happened at the same moment and we didn't know which event was which object, hence they were all discussed in all threads. OK the merged thread will be a mess. Beautiful :).

SpaceX "may try again this weekend" (I love that title, it makes it appear as if they try to send rockets into space every week like madmen :D ) best stays a separate thread, as it's very cleanly on topic for spaceX launches only.

JustAFriend
2007-Mar-30, 03:15 PM
It's just like anything else: Given enough time it will happen.

Put enough airplanes in the air and sooner or later a meteor or space junk will whang it.

The laws of probability are a *****....