Very cognitive, very elite.
Read this, emphasis added:
The tail end of 2017 was packed with interesting asteroid sightings and near-misses that gave skywatchers a reason to look up, but the biggest threat from above in 2018 might be manmade. China’s Tiangong-1 space station has been completely out of control for months now, and space agencies from all over the world are expecting it to come crashing down to Earth in early 2018. Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly when or where the massive hunk of space junk will land.
Tiangong-1 — which means “Heavenly Palace” — hosted a number of Chinese astronauts during its brief life span, but after its extended mission ended in 2016 the Chinese space agency revealed that it had lost communication with the spacecraft and that its decaying orbit would eventually result in it plummeting to Earth. That’s not great news.
Tiangong-1 is Scientists who have been monitoring the space station’s troubled existence have been attempting to forecast where it might slam into our planet but have only been able to narrow it down to an area between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south. Most of that area is covered by ocean, but there’s still around a 1 in 10,000 chance that the debris lands on a populated area, potentially injuring people or damaging structures.
The space station weighs 18,740 pounds, and while much of the material that makes up the craft will burn up in the friction of Earth’s atmosphere, thousands of pounds of debris is expected to survive reentry. With no way to control where or when the Chinese vehicle reenters, it’s impossible to predict the exact location where all that debris will land.
According to a FAQ about the Tiangong-1, the actual impact of the debris might not even be the most dangerous part about its tumble towards Earth. Potentially hazardous materials including hydrazine, a highly toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, might survive reentry. If any humans or animals come into contact with the substance, it would be very bad news.
The spacecraft is expected to finally fall to Earth sometime in March, though observers have only been able to narrow its date of descent down to a two-week window, which isn’t particularly reassuring. When it eventually does begin to fall, scientists will have precious little time to predict the area of impact, but you can be sure that every space agency on the planet will be monitoring it closely.
And for those HBDers who wish to defend their gods by invoking the memory of Skylab’s descent, I make three points:
1. That was almost 40 years ago; you’d think that the big-brained, high-IQ cognitive elitists from The Land of the Gods would have improved upon 1970s technology and protocols (assuming that the human photocopiers haven’t just essentially copied absolute American technology.
2. Note the part about “China’s Tiangong-1 space station has been completely out of control for months now…”
3. Whether hydrazine contamination was part of the Skylab debris threat was never discussed back then, but it sure is certain that the Chinese are going to be spreading toxic chemical wherever their “heavenly palace” comes crashing down.
In summary: complete Chinese irresponsibility.
Also, it’s interesting that we are told that the USA is capable of intercepting and destroying North Korean ICBMs, but we are helpless against a meandering piece of Oriental space junk. We’ll be told: “Oh no, attempting to destroy it will just create a greater amount of small debris scattered over a larger area.” My answer is that utilizing a nuclear warhead for the interception will destroy the “Heavenly Palace” completely (too bad it couldn’t have been done when it was in use). We need to get over this hysterical aversion to everything nuclear. Of course, this assumes that American nuclear weapons will actually work – the only nation that is empirically testing their weapons, and who can affirm they actually work IRL, is North Korea. No amount of “computational modeling” can substitute for actual testing (including the occasional above ground detonation). We need to scrap all these “test ban” treaties, as well as the “outer space ban” for nuclear weapons, and start testing the weapons, building more and better weapons, and expanding the nuclear arsenal (including bigger bombs). The decline of America and the West perfectly coincides with the advent of the extreme risk-aversion we see about everything, and the extreme pansification of all things (including downgrading American warhead yields to popgun levels, while other nations combine both yield and accuracy).
Yes, I know the Tolkienites – who want us all to be eating twigs and branches in the woods while the Chinese launch “Heavenly Palaces” – won’t like all “dat dere nuk-a-leer stuff” but who cares what they “think?”