[meteorite-list] Wildfire Cluster Probed
From: almitt <almitt_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:11 2004
Speed of a fall has everything to do with heat build up and why the Space Shuttles come down hot (on the bottom of their tiles anyway). Most of
the sat debris would probably be traveling along 17,000 miles an hour (perhaps slower by the time the atmospheric drag brings it down). Compare
that to a typical fall of a meteoroid that falls at 17 miles a second or faster (4 to 15 times faster). The length of time of the fall and the
ablation process should make the difference. Not to say all would be white hot by the time it reaches the ground.
Martin Horejsi wrote:
> Hi Al and All,
> Wouldn't satellite debris be under the same cold constraints as a meteorite?
> In fact, I would bet that since the overall density of a satellite is lower
> than than that of rock (my assumption anyway), they would be even less
> likely to carry any frictional heat to earth.
> Just my thoughts.
> on 10/9/01 2:57 PM, almitt at almitt_at_kconline.com wrote:
> > Hi Ron and all,
> > Could this be satellite debris that came down?? Perhaps those who track these
> > events could let us know. I am sure we will find what the real
> > cause of this was (in the very back of the paper in small print later) in the
> > near future.
> > --AL
> > Ron Baalke wrote:
> >> Apparently, the firefighters have been misinformed about meteors.
> >> Meteors don't ignite fires on the ground.
> >> Ron Baalke
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