Life for most of us has been slightly interrupted by the possibility of a ‘chunk’ or two of the abandoned NASA UARS satellite falling from the sky…
Most satellites have now been designed to break into pieces small enough to burn up upon entry while descending to Earth during its ‘death’. This satellite, however, has been in orbit since before these designs were incorporated. Therefore, there are several pieces too large to entirely disintegrate before reentry that will indeed strike the Earth. While the chance of any pieces striking a person is very, very remote…the chance of seeing a reentering piece is possible. A short video on YouTube shows a few seconds of the burn one such piece experienced. Along with many videos posted of imaginative fake falling satellite pieces…soon (I hope!) more actual videos will be posted. It is not only a historical event but think of it…doesn’t it bring to mind Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds…just a bit?
To date no person has been hurt by a piece of falling debris, according to recent news articles. Sightings of falling debris over the skies near Southern California have been reported. It feels a bit like science fiction…streaks of light entering our atmosphere…from a satellite orbiting our Earth for longer than many readers have even been here themselves! Stuff to spark the imagination of budding writers!
Celebrating the beginning of autumn (a favorite season!) and a beautiful day…and hoping this recent news event may spark a creative sci-fi writer’s imagination,