NASA: Satellite pieces to hit Earth in a week

By: CBS Email
By: CBS Email


U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week.

NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite closely. On Friday officials moved up their prediction for its arrival to Sept. 23, give or take a day.

NASA scientists have calculated the satellite will break into 26 pieces as it gets closer to Earth. The odds of it hitting someone anywhere on the planet are 1 in 3,200. The heaviest piece to hit the ground will be about 350 pounds, but no one has ever been hit by falling space junk in the past.

NASA expects to give the public more detailed information early next week. For now, all continents except Antarctica could be hit by satellite debris.

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  • by THE SKY IS FALLING ! Location: chicken little on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:42 AM
  • by Pavo Chechov, Commander USS Enterprise Location: Romulus on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:28 PM
    Watch out! Things might be fallin' from the skies! Look! That's a comet or something..! Phasers on stun!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    Now it seems we had a lot of shuttle flights that were not fully utilized. A lot of "space junk" could and should have been carried back instead of the shuttles returning empty. Now, all that comes back should be "finders keepers" and the government should loose all rights to the stuff - there`s still some valuable scrap metal in that burned up chunk if you are lucky to find it.
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      by Brutal Capital City, Florida on Sep 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to
      It's another blog from a hobbit from middle Earth. Above the atmosphere of Earth are gamma rays. Put a satellite out there to soak it up for thirty years, and you want it back? On the shuttle, no less? Bilbo, some things are better left to burn-up returning to Earth.
  • by Tally on Sep 17, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    You gotta be kiddin' me? They want to act legislation to monitor and regulate air show racing because people could possibly die and we now have a 6 ton satellite that will crash to Earth and possibly kill people. Where is the legislation? We gotta get the gub'ment to make certain no one dies from a piece of falling space junk.
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