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GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands 107

An anonymous reader writes with an update on the fate of the GOCE satellite. From the article: "The mystery of GOCE's re-entry has now been solved — the one-ton satellite came down over the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory 300 miles east of the Patagonian coast in the South Atlantic Ocean."
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GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands

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  • Re:British? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by EdIII ( 1114411 ) on Monday November 11, 2013 @11:10PM (#45397165)

    I never did understand that.

    It would be one thing if the residents on the island identified with being Argentinian and the majority wished to be part of that country. However, it's not.

    Why does Argentina continue to assert that the island is theirs at all?

    It's about the same stupidity that China engages in claiming that Taiwan is theirs.

  • by Dereck1701 ( 1922824 ) on Monday November 11, 2013 @11:36PM (#45397311)

    "That said, the land should belong to Argentina."

    If it was an occupation I would agree wholeheartedly. However if what I am reading is correct the people (mostly of European decent) currently living there have been doing so for around 200 years. Even the first known settlement, around 323 years ago, was of English origin. A referendum held in march of this year had a 99.8% vote to remain a colony of the UK. People should have the ability to associate with others based on their own determination, not geographic location.

  • Re:All Clear! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jstlook ( 1193309 ) on Monday November 11, 2013 @11:55PM (#45397439)
    I have to point out that, unless you've been handed that tinfoil hat from your great-grandfather, you're likely wearing aluminum foil. Brain waves are actually transparent to Aluminum foil and essentially make it easier for Them to hear, whereas Tin foil shields your brain-waves from Them. I don't mean to scare you or anything, but I figured that if you really value your privacy you ought to know.
  • by Alioth ( 221270 ) <no@spam> on Tuesday November 12, 2013 @06:00AM (#45398951) Journal

    Why should it belong to Argentina? No Argentinians live there. Just because it's close to Argentina isn't a justification (or perhaps the US should give Puerto Rico to Cuba because PR is closer to Cuba than it is to the USA). What's important is the population, now established for a couple of centuries, is British and wants to remain that way. They have the right to self-determination.

    The Spanish name (Las Malvinas) isn't even Spanish, it's actually derived from French. A French sailor named the islands after the port of Saint Malo in France.

    If the Argentinans want to argue that the British originally took it by force (from whom? no one was living there) then they need to return Argentina back to the native people they took Argentina from before taking that particular "moral high ground".

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye