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Satellite Falling to Earth may Cause Damage

Nov 7 2013, 2:58am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Satellite falling to Earth may cause Damage
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A satellite that is about to come falling down to earth could cause damage. While the chances that it will harm someone may be very few, they still do exist.

The unpredictable has always been a source of apprehension and anxiety. Take the Gravity Field and Steady State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) which was a product of the ESA. It is hurtling through space towards the earth at a phenomenal speed. In a few days it will hit some spot on earth. And the rotation of the earth ensures that it could be any spot. In other words, it can come crashing through some poor and unfortunate person’s living room. This is cause for concern.

Two previous satellites ended up safely landing in the ocean. So there was no need for worry. This time there are fears that it may land almost anywhere. Especially if it is a populated region it may wreak havoc on a scale unimagined. 

It all ultimately depends upon the trajectory of the satellite. The fearsome satellite has parts that weigh as much as 200 pounds each. These of course could cause extensive damage. Furthermore, over a hundred tons of debris related to the by-now defunct space vehicle will be falling throughout this year. This sends shivers up the spine.

Raining paraphernalia that could kill human beings or damage property is a classic nightmare. Sunday or Monday is the expected day when this satellite may strike any odd spot on the earth. Until then all humanity can do is keep fingers crossed and hope that the worst doesn’t occur. 

Source: NYTimes

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