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ISS Solar Transit 2
Most people don't realize it, but they actually launch a new space station every few weeks because this keeps happening.
Title text: Most people don't realize it, but they actually launch a new space station every few weeks because this keeps happening.

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This comic is a continuation to 1828: ISS Solar Transit where Cueball is trying to capture the transit of International Space Station across the sun. But instead of transiting across the face of the sun, the ISS crashes into the sun.

In reality, of course, this can never happen, because the ISS orbits earth at an attitude of between 330 and 435 km, but the earth orbits the sun at an attitude of about 149.60 million kilometers or 1 astronomical unit. Which means the minimum distance between the ISS and the sun is only slightly less than 1 AU.

The title text plays on this saying that a new space station is being launched every week as the old one gets destroyed by crashing into the Sun. This is clearly implausible, as the costs (of lives and money) would be _astronomical_ [citation needed]

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