Sunday, September 25, 2011

6 Tons of Dead Weight

With all the stuff orbiting the Earth, it's actually amazing that more of it doesn't fall on folks much more often.  Sure, a lot of it burns up upon re-entry and the oceans are big, but there's a lot of stuff that falls to the Earth both manmade and otherwise.  Anyway, a NASA satelite was expected to fall into the Pacific ocean last night, though about 1,200 pounds of the six tons was likely to make it through the atmosphere, with the largest surviving portion expected to be around three hundred pounds.  Some believe that parts of it might manage to strike the West Coast up in Washington or Canada but nothing reported seemed to indicate that happened.  Read more here.

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