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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Apparently it was due

To make a soft, safe landing in China.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/0....ap/index.html

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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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i wonder what is really on that satelite
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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:50 AM   #3
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Pictures of Xenu's armada?
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"Sandstorms inflict damage of about $540 million per year, and losses of crops and forests due to acid rain amount to about $730 million per year. More serious are the $6 billion costs of the "green wall" of trees being built to shield Beijing against sand and dust, and the $7 billion per year of losses created by pest species. We enter the zone of impressive numbers when we consider the onetime cost of the 1996 floods ($27 billion, but still cheaper than the 1998 floods), the annual direct losses due to desertification ($42 billion), and the annual losses due to water and air pollution ($54 billion). The combination of the latter two items alone costs China the equivalent of 14% of its GDP each year." - Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:52 AM   #4
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i wonder what is really on that satelite
No kidding. A 'special imaging sensor?' exactly what is that?
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Unread 02-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #5
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is anyone else tired of this crap

"The officials spoke on condition of anonymity"

I know this is mundane but come on this is annoying.
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Unread 02-14-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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Translation= 'the officials leaked the information to the press before they were supposed to and are afraid their bosses would be pissed."
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Unread 02-14-2008, 11:02 AM   #7
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Translation= 'the officials leaked the information to the press before they were supposed to and are afraid their bosses would be pissed."
I know that is what I am tired of the leaking of information it is downright annoying.
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Unread 02-14-2008, 11:02 AM   #8
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i wonder what is really on that satelite
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No kidding. A 'special imaging sensor?' exactly what is that?

Do you really want to know?
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Unread 02-14-2008, 12:49 PM   #9
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I'll bet its that Major League Baseball satellite from "The Simpsons".
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Unread 02-14-2008, 03:22 PM   #10
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Read that hydrazine (the chemical that is so dangerous) burns up in the temperatures reached by reentry since the tanks will not survive reentry intact either. they are certainly doing it to protect themselves, not people picking up scrap metal
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Unread 02-14-2008, 03:25 PM   #11
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i wonder what is really on that satelite
Kim Jong's favorite color, Hugo Chavez's embarrassing middle name..
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Kim Jong's favorite color, Hugo Chavez's embarrassing middle name..
Chartreuse?
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Chris Hanson was tipped off as to what they were taking pictures of



also why are the going to bring it down like that when its going to leave so much junk up there floating around? its going to be a hazard now for all the manned space flights
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Unread 02-14-2008, 03:34 PM   #15
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Do you really want to know?
I already know. Let's just say that Bill Belichick is somehow involved...
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