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Possible scenario seed?

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tentarephobia

I recently learned (through watching QI) that the Pole of Inaccessibility (the furthest point from any land) has become a dumping ground for used-up spacecraft and satellites - once their orbit begins to decay, directing them to this area keeps them away from all shipping routes. Since this is close to R'lyeh, one wonders what Cthulhu and his Deep One worshippers make of these occasional arrivals of human technology, and how they might react.

 

At some point, someone is going to attempt salvaging these spacecraft, and may bring more to the surface than they'd bargained for...!

 

For a Delta Green type scenario perhaps a damaged spy satellite, still containing valuable information, is brought down, and rival organisations or governments are racing to retrieve it or destroy it...?

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DadsAngry

Maybe Cthulhu and his Deep One worshippers are salvaging parts to make a ship to get them off this crazy planet.  :-D

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HJ

How much of a satellite actually survives re-entry?

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nclarke

Depends. Basically a lot will depend upon the size as something the size of a KH spy satellite (VW bus sized) is more likely to have some part survive re-entry. A number of parts from satellites have failed to burn up on re-entry, I remember parts of a nuclear reactor (news-speak for a thermal power generator using some radioactive material) from Kosmos-954 landed across Canada in 1978. A number of Shuttle parts survived the Columbia re-entry mishap in 2003. So the question is how big a lump of space debris do you want for your scenario.

 

Nigel (ex-NASA geek)

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The_Tatterdemalion_King

Also, if R'lyeh is warping the local space-time continuum they might be falling through strange angles that reduce the amount of heat and friction they encounter on the way down—the first sign that something is strange for some hapless satellite-salvagers.

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