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Russian Spacecraft Spinning Out Of Control?

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They do still have superior rockets/space capability - but the problem is that space launches and operations are inherently dangerous and fraught with things that can go wrong.

Nothing you can do about it, really.

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They do still have superior rockets/space capability - but the problem is that space launches and operations are inherently dangerous and fraught with things that can go wrong.

Nothing you can do about it, really.

Can't the U.S. Star Wars program blow it out of the sky??

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This makes a perfect 'distraction' article for the Torygraph. Though actually it's quite witty.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11572409/Five-ways-the-Russian-space-ship-drama-could-end.html

Five ways the Russian space ship drama could end



1 Russia’s top space officials say the craft will most likely burn up without trace over the Pacific sometime next week, inflicting a slight dent to Russian national pride and perhaps Roskosmos’ insurance company, but harming no one. An anti-climax, and thus exceedingly likely.

2 It is shot out of the sky by a Pacific rim super power (or North Korea) with an itchy trigger finger and pretensions to Star Wars-like domination of space. China blew up one of its own defunct satellites in similar fashion in 2007, so there is a precedent.

3 The runaway craft defies the laws of physics, breaks out of earth orbit, and spins away into space, never to be seen again. The people who do this for a living might not think that likely, but stranger things have happened.

4 NASA sends Bruce Willis to pilot a space shuttle to the run-away spacecraft, leap aboard, and guide it safely to the International Space Station (or blow it up). Sadly, the shuttle program was retired in 2011, and at 60 Bruce Willis is also getting on a bit. Getting the astronauts on the ISS to do something similar has been ruled out because it would be suicidal.

5 Like a medieval omen, the ship falls to earth on May 7 in a marginal constituency somewhere in the British isles. Polls say little about the impact of a Russian space-hardware intervention, but it would add some drama.

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