Satellites are Falling Part Two
Where is it going to crash? That's the question that NASA scientists keep asking and essentially the only real answer to that question is: The entire Earth is a strike zone at this point. Not that anybody really needs to take cover right now, but, what used to be an odds of 1 in 21 trillion that someone might get hit by falling pieces is now 1 in 3200. As far as anyone knows, no one has every bit hit by falling debris. Nothing has really ever been destroyed by falling junk either, but it seems to be getting closer. NASA is asking those who might be looking for debris in the next couple of days to NOT pick it up. The agency says there are no toxic chemicals to be worried about, but there will be sharp edges that could cause a problem. It's also government property. It would be against the law to keep debris as a souvenir or try to sell it on Ebay. The 20 year old research satellite will break into about a hundred pieces with some as heavy as 300 pounds with a debris field of possibly 500 miles long. About 1200 pounds of junk is expected to hit earth with the heaviest pieces made of titanium. Something right out of a late night movie. Every continent with the exception of Antarctica is in the cross-hairs.