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More space junk falling to Earth

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMar 28, 2008 12:27 AM

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Funny coincidence-- a few days after a COPV (fuel tank) dropped from space onto Brazil, a story has surfaced that looks like exactly the same kind of object was found in Australia last year (there is a picture with the article, too). The article claims (without cites) that it is from a US rocket launched in 1998. I'm not sure how they know that precisely, but I suppose the ground tracks of known re-entries narrowed it down. The tank was discovered in November, and the farmer who found it just started looking into the mystery, which is why the story popped up now.

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