1 in 3,200 Chance of Dead Satellite Bits Hitting a Human

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    NASA says there's a 1 in 3,200 chance that parts of a dead satellite hurtling towards earth will hit a person. This is great news for rdean, sallow, TMN, and the rest of the Moonbats, who can all breath a big sigh of relief as they don't quite fit into the person class of species.


    Where will UARS fall?

    But exactly where the UARS spacecraft will fall is still unknown.

    NASA expects at least 26 large pieces of the massive satellite to survive the scorching temperatures of re-entry and reach Earth's surface. Titanium pieces and onboard tanks could be among that debris, but the UARS satellite carries no toxic propellant (NASA used up all the fuel in 2005).

    The debris is expected to fall over a swath of Earth about 500 miles (804 kilometers) long, NASA officials said. [Video: Where Could UARS Satellite Debris Fall?]

    There is a 1-in-3,200 chance of satellite debris hitting a person on the ground, odds that NASA says are extremely remote. Outside experts agree.

    "Look at how much of Earth is covered with water," Victoria Samson, the Washington Office Director of the Secure World Foundation, an organization dedicated to the peaceful use of outer space, told SPACE.com this week. "There's a really good chance it's going to go straight into the ocean."...


    Huge Defunct Satellite Will Fall to Earth Around Sept. 24, NASA Says | Falling NASA Satellite, Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite | Space Junk & Orbital Debris | Space.com
     
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    Remember the woman who got hit by a meteorite? Winder what the odds of that are?
     
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    I'd like to see a piece come crashing into my yard and maybe kill the neighbor's nasty dog that hangs around. What a story that would make.
     
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    I feel lucky.
     
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    Samson Póg Mo Thóin Supporting Member

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    I've been wondering what Victoria Samson was up to.

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    freedombecki Let's go swimmin'! Supporting Member

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    I thought 75% of the planet was covered by little else but water. Exactly how much junk have we put in space? :eek:
     
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    Deflector shield is on standby.
     
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    Just remember, if a piece lands in your yard or crashes through the roof of your house, you are not allowed to sell it.
     
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    that means it belongs to someone and they are responsible for any damages then.
     
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    If it lands on my farm, we'll have to evacuate because we're still a tenderbox here in the Lone Star State. We haven't had a drop of rain in several months. Except a couple of months ago, it rained for 10 minutes to grow some more hay to mow down a week later. It's hot and dry in the afternoons, even here in September.

    Oh well...
     

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