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Space Junk

As I was writing the title of this post, I had a flash: a chinese junk (like you see in old pictures of Victoria Bay in Hong Kong) done up in science fiction style. The Captain of the space junk is an ethnic Han chinese named Kuang-Ning Bjornsdottir. The junk is called Rong-nu, and it is a privateer. It has a 15 man crew composed of men and women of various nationalities … and species.

ah, but what the heck. This isn’t story time. The space junk in the title refers to yet another satellite that’s about to fall to earth. Chicken Little’s nightmare come true. Most space junk burns off in the atmosphere, and the last one that punched through still relatively large was Skylab – waaaaay before my time. But, the damned thing caused enough worry around the world that even now, the name exists in Filipino pop-culture. More specifically in Mindanao where Skylab refers to a unique arrangement of passengers on a motorcycle.

Getting back to space junk, it’s actually kinda surprising that stuff falling from the sky doesn’t make the news more often. Consider this pic:

Every speck in that earth-dandruff is a piece of debris floating around in space. Kinda gives new meaning to the term space-filler, eh?


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8 Responses

  1. BrianB says:

    aren’t spy satellites really tiny? Like the size of a beach ball?

  2. rom says:

    sputnik was the size of a basketball, but some modern sats are huge. large enough that even after burning on re-entry, enough material remains to be a problem when they fall out of the sky.

  3. shiro says:

    most modern satellites are about the size of a… car or a small truck, i think. i like your little blurb up there. the entire Chines junk idea looks like it came straight outta Firefly. 🙂

  4. rom says:

    shiro: yeah, but firefly is a western. 😛

  5. shiro says:

    well… they speak Chinese. 😛

  6. rom says:

    shiro:hah! well, that’s because chinese – in any of its forms – is the most likely lingua franca of the future. 😡 so, that doesn’t necessarily make rong-nu a firefly rip-off. hmp.

  7. shiro says:

    didn’t mean it that way. i meant it in an “aw cool!” sort geeky way. hahahaha 😛

  8. BrianB says:

    Firefly, gawd, I love that series. Only 12 episodes! Wish they didn’t die out like that in the movie. There’s always a chance they get picked up again.

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