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Russian Missile Test Seen and Photographed By ISS Astronauts

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the activate-point-defense-lasers dept.

ISS 37

The Bad Astronomer writes "It sounds like a scene from Gravity: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Thursday saw a weird, glowing cloud of light in the distance, most likely caused by a fuel dump or leaking fuel from a Russian missile launch. The extended life of a Topol missile was being tested in a ballistic launch to a test target in Kazakhstan, and the astronauts were able to take pictures of both the launch vapor trail and the glowing cloud. This event is similar to the eerie spiral lights seen over Norway in 2009 caused by a Russian missile launch as well."

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Norway (4, Informative)

Redmancometh (2676319) | about a year ago | (#45103299)

Probably not as creepy as norway.

Re:Norway (-1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#45103855)

I find it od why they have to compare what looks like two completely separate phenomena. One is symmetrical, a mono heu, scews, lasted a long time, and blurred, while the other is asymmetrical, doesn't blur, and doesn't fade to a direction, is multi-parted and hued, and lasted a short time.

Is this some rant... whats with the accreditation to Phil Plait. The two incidents are in no way similar. The news agency is dumb.

I really believe the current one is a missile launch. But I am extremely skeptical about the light show over Norway being caused by a missile.

Just some B.S. news story full of ignorance that looks like its trying to still downplay the Norway spiral after all this time.

So either the news person is dumb or they are both dumb and working to erode peoples perceptions of reality.

Re:Norway (-1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#45103871)

Oh wait Phil Plate is being the retard here nvm... we can move along. No overarching conspiracies. Just one dumb skeptic that has to bring up some old bullshit every time something happens remotely related to their experiences.

Re:Norway (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#45105913)

fuck you slashdot

Well, o.k., nice photos... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103339)

Is there something important about it?

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (1, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#45103495)

no..

except righteous talk about "blabla nuclear weapons yikes we sure suck as a species" ... when talking about photos taken from a platform put up with the same kind of rocketry as the images are about. you can't have one without the other. and amazingly, unlike gunpowder, sailing, bees, knives, firearms, spoons and what have you to my knoweledge icbm's have never been deployed against anyone as a weapon!

  (and didn't think the photos were that nice tbh.)

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (1, Troll)

smooth wombat (796938) | about a year ago | (#45103917)

except righteous talk about "blabla nuclear weapons yikes we sure suck as a species" ...

Exactly. When the author interjects about being conflicted, he shows his moronity. How would he like his precious satellites to get up in to space? How would like the ISS to be where it's at? What about the Hubble and the rest of the space telescope cadre?

The fact that he looks like a more angular version of Moby, bald head and all, doesn't help.

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (0, Troll)

smooth wombat (796938) | about a year ago | (#45103931)

Follow up. I don't care that it's Phil Plait. If anything he should be less likely to show his bias considering how much into the science realm and debunking nonsense he is involved with.

It's a missile, get over it.

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (2)

mydn (195771) | about a year ago | (#45105281)

How would he like his precious satellites to get up in to space?

A balloon filled with unicorn farts.

CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN! (1)

dbIII (701233) | about a year ago | (#45106155)

Unicorn farts are even scarier.
http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/09/equoid

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#45104751)

you can't have one without the other.

Why not? I agree that the civilian space programs are all done in the wake of weapon system development, but it doesn't have to be that way. World-wide military spending is about $2 trillion per year. Common sense would suggest that cutting that spending would make more resources available for science and other purposes, not less.

Re:Well, o.k., nice photos... (1)

cavreader (1903280) | about a year ago | (#45105721)

It's easier to get funding if you can come up with some possible military application when pitching your project. ICBM development provided the rock technology needed for the first moon landings and subsequent trips into orbit. Military R&D has resulted in advances in material science, satellite technology, medical, and nuclear technology which also have civilian applications.

the pollution is pretty sad (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#45103361)

Both the light and atmospheric pollution are pretty crappy looking.

Re:the pollution is pretty sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103605)

Pollution? Lolwut?

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103493)

Wonder what it would look like if the world launched all its nukes at each other...

Re:Hmmm... (2)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | about a year ago | (#45104791)

Pretty bright for a few minutes is my guess....

From TFA (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about a year ago | (#45103505)

"The International Space Station silently orbits the Earth, black of space above, blue of ocean below. An astronaut floats in the cupola, a dome of glass and steel that faces the planet underneath, smiling to himself as he takes one photo after another of our home world. What he doesn’t know is that a Russian missile is about to make his life very interesting."

Because I imagine that the life of an astronaut is otherwise boring, on par with that of a rock farmer.

Re:From TFA (1, Offtopic)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#45103697)

Rock farmers, of course! Why did I invest in pet rocks when the real profit is at the source!

Thank you!

Re:From TFA (4, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#45103901)

I'm sure that astronauts don't spend all their time cupolating.

Re:From TFA (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about a year ago | (#45104365)

If you had a cupola like the one they have, then I'm pretty sure you'd spend a lot of time "cupolating"... :)

Re:From TFA (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#45104771)

They got any female astronauts up there right now?

Two girls, one cupola...

Re:From TFA (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#45104939)

Two girls, one cupola...

...zero g (how not-on Earth could you have forgotten that?)

Re:From TFA (1)

Caledfwlch (1434813) | about a year ago | (#45104231)

Hey! Some of the best astronauts were rock farmers... the one that set foot on the moon!

Re:From TFA (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | about a year ago | (#45104307)

He was more of a rock hunter/gatherer.

In mother russia... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103511)

...you don't fire missiles. Missiles fire you!

and if they take out the spice channel sat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103539)

God help you

There are 3 Russians on the ISS right now.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45103651)

Two to keep the rest of the crew absorbed in conversation, one to wipe the camera SD card of those flagrant violations of Russian state security

Waitaminute. . . (2)

TripleE78 (883800) | about a year ago | (#45103979)

Didn't I just see this movie in the theater? Is this a viral ad for Gravity?

I like! How much? (1)

Ralph Michael De Leon (3387837) | about a year ago | (#45104063)

Wowee wooo wee

Solid fuel (2)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year ago | (#45104611)

The Topol [wikipedia.org] is a solid fueled rocket so fuel dumping,leakage is probably not the cause. I guess they will have to come up with another theory. The article has been updated to reflect this.

Re:Solid fuel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45105197)

The exhaust from a solid-fuelled rocket is very reflective - it's basically a cloud of aluminium oxide. No wonder it's so visible.

Re:Solid fuel (1)

steelfood (895457) | about a year ago | (#45105429)

Maybe they're testing one with liquid fuel.

Re:Solid fuel (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about a year ago | (#45105509)

They are very different technologies. That would be like trying to run a nuclear plant on coal. Either the type of rocket was wrong or the explanation was wrong.

fucking narrow minded retard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45107225)

Maybe a version with a liquid fuel second stage?

Anti Russian propaganda (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45105521)

Notice how many NEGATIVES this zionist stooge works into his words.

-Comparison to the film 'Gravity' where the Russians are responsible for a disaster in space.
-The use of emotive words like 'weird' - implying unnatural or wrong
-"fuel dump" or "leaking fuel" to imply the Russians are irresponsibly polluting

How would that pathetic stooge 'Bad Astronomer' have described the crew of the ISS witnessing a US missile launch? This nasty goon thinks you are so very stupid, he can manipulate your thoughts and emotions so crudely. Smarter kids in better US schools are commonly shown how this trick of distorted media reporting works. They are given one set of facts, and then asked to write a brief newspaper story spinning the facts in various directions.

Slashdot is posting a constant stream of anti-Russia, anti-China, anti-Iran, and anti-Syria propaganda, laced with the usual pro-Israel garbage. And yet this is NOT supposed to be a political site- yeah, right.

Re:Anti Russian propaganda (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45106825)

Except that "fuel dump" and "leaking fuel" are used to describe things that are standard operations in US launches too, and that you're the one interpreting "weird" to be wrong. Exhaust clouds from rocket launches do look very unnatural compared to clouds people are familiar with 99.9% of the time, but that doesn't make them suddenly negative or wrong.
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