Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cosmik Debris

All that glitters is not gold. This golden rock ruined crashed through a family’s roof and landed in their bathroom. Photo source: National Geographic
Hey there, brother,
Who you jivin’ with that cosmik debris?

—Frank Zappa

Wouldn’t this just make your day? The object in the picture crashed through the roof of a house and landed in the family’s bathroom (National Geographic News, 2007). It would certainly be surprising to reach for the TP and grab this thing. Even though the article said scientists would be able to identify the object by the end of the week, I have not been able to find any information on the results. There is a strong possibility that it is a melted portion of a satellite or other contraption.

And speaking of things from falling out of the sky, one of our spy satellites is coming down (National Geographic News, January 28, 2008). The satellite cannot be controlled as it falls and contains hazardous materials. There is even a good chance that it could it somewhere in the North America (Baldor, 2008). So carry a big umbrella for the next few days.

This NASA image make it look like we have a metal shell encircling our planet. Photo source: National Geographic

And we have created a lot of this space litter since Sputnik. There are thousands of pieces of space junk in orbit around the planet. A NASA image makes it look almost like Earth has a metal atmosphere. Only 5% of the objects orbiting the planet are natural (Sullivan, 2008). At least 17,000 artificial objects have reentered the atmosphere in the last 50 years (Baldor, 2008).

Luckily, the bureaucrats have the situation under control Ten space agencies, including the European Space Agency and NASA, joined forces to create the Inter-agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (

I didn’t intend for this entry to turn into a rant, but the stars are aligning (or at least the space trash is). Cthulu will soon start throwing rocks at us.



Dragonfly said...

I tend to lean toward sci-fi and fantasy reading. However, somehow, I've missed H.P. Lovecraft in my readings. It may be time to remedy that. Before the space trash hits me in the head.

Lee said...

Lovecraft is difficult to read at best, but his work has spawned a subgenre and a series of cottage industries. Don't tell anyone, but I haven't actually read Lovecraft in more than 20 years, but I enjoy my Necronomicon Tarot and Plushy Cthulu.

Dragonfly said...

Ok, I giggled so hard at the plush cthulu that I raised some questions from one of my employees.

Dragonfly said...

btw, Suna has my email address

Lee said...

I'm serious about the plush Cthulu. This one isn't the one I have. Beccano picked out an orange collector's edition to get me for Yule.

Lee said...

PS. Glad you got a good giggle out of it, Dragonfly.

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