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Quote:I appreciate that the satellite isn't large at all, but the impact dust cloud could be. And I really can't get excited about what I would call a self-made employment opportunity for a number of atmospheric scientists and engineers. Looking for an atmosphere that is so sparse its atoms don't even collide? I'm as big a science fan as the next guy but come on.
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Quote:The moon inhabitants will collect the wrecked craft and put it into Crater 51 where it will be studied. Rumour has it they have a couple of missing astronaut bodies in cold storage........
Quote:As for when and why it is probably going to be targeted for an impact, lunar orbits are not stable long-term anyway, so the LADEE spacecraft will eventually hit the moon anyway once it runs out of fuel.
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Quote:Learn something new everyday! Those pesky mascons! Interesting though that they have found several areas where you can do a low orbit of sorts without decay. Why would NASA not want to park LADEE there for prolonged observation? Disposable satellites, like cell phones in this day and age? Clogging of instruments due to the dust they are trying to observe and analyze? It just seems so wasteful in my eyes to throw away the satellite without prolonged use... I'm looking at you as an example Voyager 1!
Quote:Clogging of instruments due to the dust they are trying to observe and analyze? It just seems so wasteful in my eyes to throw away the satellite without prolonged use