BOSTON (CBS) – Prediction for this weekend: Partly sunny with a chance of falling space debris
Oh, did not you hear? At some point in the next few days, China's fateful Tiangong-1 space station will plunge into the earth's atmosphere unchecked. Experts say that most of the space station will largely burn and dissolve when it falls through our atmosphere, but there is a possibility that smaller pieces of debris may actually come to the surface. Say something?
Unfortunately, they are not sure when it will start its dive. According to recent estimates, it is somewhere between Saturday morning and Sunday night.
And they do not know exactly where it is going to fall, they have "narrowed" the possibilities to 43 N to 43 S – a very large area that includes Boston most of the remainder of the civilized world.
Sounds crazy, right? No, that's not an April Fool's joke!
Before you start running to your bunker and hoard candles and food, let me calm you down. ,
The likelihood that you or someone you know gets hit by a piece of space junk is ridiculously low. In fact, you have a much better chance of winning the lottery or being struck by lightning. That's NOT something you should worry about.
In fact, that has happened before. , , multiple times! Russian and US spy satellites, research satellites, you name it, it crashed and burned to the ground. And in the recorded human history of space travel, no one has ever been hit and killed by space debris, so there is.
There was a documented case in which a woman was hit by rubble (and was not injured). In 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma was hit in the shoulder by a piece of lightweight material from the US Delta II rocket, but it is the only documented case. I mean, what are the chances!
In short, go over your weekend, see nothing here. But on the edge you see a strip of fireball in the sky, now you know, this is not an Easter Bunny.
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