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Comment Re:air resistance (Score 1) 192

The brilliant fireball objects tend to have an orbital velocity, ie a significant horizontal component to their speed. I have not done the math, but if you get out of a balloon with 0 ground speed I can imagine it is less likely to hit fireball speeds before the atmosphere gets denser.

Comment Re:Units and news (Score 1) 120

Moreover, ISS orbits with an apogee of 405 km above ground according to Wikipedia, while earths radius has a minimum of 6,357 km according to the same source. Not sure where the asteroid flew, but unless you mean that ISS orbits ~1 earth radius from the center of the earth, 1 earth radius does not equal the the orbit of the ISS.

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