Daily Archives: 2008/11/02

Incoming!

A piece of space station trash the size of a refrigerator is poised to plunge through the Earth’s atmosphere late Sunday, more than a year after an astronaut tossed it overboard.

NASA is tracking the object – a 1,400-pound (635-kg) coolant tank thrown from the International Space Station – to make sure it does not Endanger Earthlings on Earth. The tank is expected to re-enter Earth’s Atmosphere Sunday afternoon or evening though there is a Low likelihood that anybody will be impacted by it.

NASA expects some pieces of the tank to survive the searing hot temperatures of re-entry, ranging in size from about 1.4 ounces (40 grams) to nearly 40 pounds (17.5 kg). If they reach all the way to land, the largest pieces could slam into the Earth’s surface at about 100 mph (161 kph). A splashdown at sea is more likely as the planet is two-thirds ocean.

Good Luck World.

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