Meteor Explodes Near Thule Air Base, Greenland

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It happened on July 25, according to Fox. A meteor exploded about 43 km north of the early warning radar at Thule Air Base in Greenland. The resulting explosion was said to be 2.1 kilotons. The Air Force hasn’t reported it. And no, the Russians didn’t do it. But it was something they had to figure out immediately: did the Russians send a nuke or was it a meteor?

Air Force Space Command Base Thule, Greenland is home to one of America’s early warning systems. They are equipped with specialized radar that is meant to detect incoming ICBM missiles.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the incident occurred on July 25. The data says that the object was of unspecified size traveling at 24.4 kilometers per second (about 54,000 mph, or Mach 74) at 76.9 degrees north latitude, 69.0 degrees west longitude, on July 25 at 11:55 p.m. Those latitude and longitude coordinates are almost directly over Thule, according to NASA. “Rocket Ron” is Ron Baalke, a scientist at the JPL.

Why was there no public warning? And why has the Air Force been silent about this event? Asteroids striking the earth are common- there are a lot of space rocks out there, and most smaller ones harmlessly burn up in the atmosphere. But no warning at all is a rarity- there are thousands of “space watchers” and satellite detection systems even if the US government misses one.

“Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force.” Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists

Business Insider reported:

“As of this writing, no reporting about any such event appears on the public news website of the 12th Space Warning Squadron based at Thule, the 21st Space Wing, or the wing’s 821st Air Base Group that operates and maintains Thule Air Base in support of missile warning, space surveillance, and satellite command-and-control operations missions.”

 

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