Reply to post: Re: Success rate

Roscomos: We know all about how the hole in the Soyuz went down, but we're not telling you

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Re: Success rate

I have to remark that IIRC "going pear shaped" is a reference to observation balloons being shot down in WW1 - as they deflate the residual hydrogen rises to the top and the bottom starts to collapse.

In space, going pear shaped is practically guaranteed not to happen. In the context of landing on another world with hardly any atmosphere, I suggest the word "splat" be used instead.

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