Falling NASA Satellite Approaching Earth

WASHINGTON (WJZ)— A massive chunk of space debris is falling toward the Earth and could hit bottom Friday night.

Kai Jackson explains NASA is still trying to figure out exactly where the dying satellite will land.

Scientists say a six ton satellite is on a crash course with Earth.

“It’s coming into the atmosphere and it’s going to burn up and probably drop some debris some place on the planet,” said Dr. William Ailor, director of the Aerospace Corporation.

NASA says it probably won’t hit the United States, but will scatter debris over a 500-mile area somewhere on the globe.

Experts are tracking the satellite’s path at radar stations around the world. Computer models show it falling in the South Pacific but nobody knows for sure.

“Due to the size and shape of this object, it’s impossible for anyone, using any of the resources we have across the globe, to accurately predict when and exactly where this object will be re-entering,” said Mike Farrington, Royal Air Force.

Most of the satellite will burn up but two dozen metal chunks will plummet to Earth.  The heaviest weighs over 300 pounds.

“Most satellites when they come down, they’re smaller and they burn up and no one is the wiser.  But this one because of it size is a little more significant,” said Doug Millard, British Science Museum.

NASA launched the research satellite in 1991 to study the ozone layer but took it out of service in 2005.

It’s the biggest NASA spacecraft to fall from the sky in 32 years. The odds of debris hitting any one person on the planet are very slim—just one in 21 trillion.

In NASA’s 50 years of space travel, scientists say only once has a person actually been hit by space debris–when a woman in Oklahoma was brushed on the shoulder 14 years ago.


One Comment

  1. My Homepage says:

    Straight to the point and nicely written! Why cant everybody else be like this? 808645

  2. banner says:

    Hello! I could have sworn Ive been to this weblog before but soon after browsing by way of some with the post I realized it is new to me. Anyways, Im surely pleased I identified it and Ill be book-marking and checking back regularly! 669489

  3. banners says:

    Hi there! Great post! Please do tell us when I could see a follow up! 477576

  4. Deference to op , some superb entropy. 413120

  5. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. 987415

  6. hundar says:

    A great clear cut answer and an excellent concept. But how do I post any work on this web site is an additional question. The Foureyed Poet. 723905

  7. ICDC says:

    Thanks so much for another post. I be able to get that kind of information information. friend, and exactly. 321477

  8. Sammelbilder says:

    Id should consult you here. Which is not some thing Its my job to do! I spend time reading an write-up that might get individuals to believe. Also, numerous thanks for permitting me to comment! 2044

  9. For anybody who is considering about external complications, sometimes be tough amaze those to realize to produce just a single weed in this really flowing typically requires eleven liters concerning gasoline to. dc free of charge mommy weblog giveaways family trip home gardening home power wash baby laundry detergent 141717

  10. audiovisual says:

    Hello fellow internet master! I genuinely enjoy your internet site! I liked the color of your sidebar. 108981

  11. Hello! I basically would like to give a huge thumbs up for the wonderful information youve here on this post. I may possibly be coming back to your weblog for far more soon. 78753

  12. A thoughtful insight and concepts I will use on my weblog. Youve naturally spent a great deal of time on this. Thank you! 951700

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
Your Podcast Network Play.it

Listen Live