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Partial answer to Are there plans to modify the ISS prior to de-orbit to reduce fragment size or number.? No. Deorbit plans focus on configuring the ISS for maximum trajectory and debris footprint predictability, not debris fragment size minimization. The type of debris enters into the footprint prediction as a range of mass-to-area ratios. Since the ...


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This has already been answered but here are some additions: On a personal note, if you have ever dealt with, or worn, military clothing in the last few decades (and now general outdoor gear), 'ripstop' was a standard term encountered. Basically if you get your clothing ripped or torn, although that could not have been prevented, it will not be made any ...


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No. Even the highest ballistic coefficient debris (engine turbopumps, etc) only made it to Louisiana. Heavier objects with higher ballistic coefficients, a measure of how far objects will travel in the air, landed toward the end of the debris trail in western Louisiana. Source: CAIB Report Volume 1 p. 45 & 47


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Unlikely. From the Wikipedia page on orbital decay: Due to atmospheric drag, the lowest altitude above the Earth at which an object in a circular orbit can complete at least one full revolution without propulsion is approximately 150 km (93 mi) while the lowest perigee of an elliptical revolution is approximately 90 km (56 mi). 70.5 km is well below that. ...


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There is some information on the NASA site about the sun shield. See here: The Sunshield Webb/NASA. In the paragraph on "Special Seaming" it states that there are reinforcing strips about every six feet or so forming a grid pattern of "rip-stops". This limits the damage from a small hole from a meteorite strike and prevents it from ...


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No, it's all part of the plan; “What you see is what you get” NASA relies on probability to make it without serious damage, but minor damage seems likely to occur over its lifetime. From Futurism's NASA Says Space Debris will Definitely Slam Into the James Webb Space Telescope; It's All Part of the Plan.: But the massive space observatory isn’t out of the ...


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