Thursday, September 22, 2011

Falling satellite to kill only 1 in 3,200 (video)

Of course, "1 in 3,200" Earthlings being hit and killed by space debris is not how statistics works. But this is what consumers of NASA news are reading.

Imagine a time in the future (now) when satellites are falling out of the sky and greed rules... Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys fame stars in Terminal City Ricochet!

NASA refines satellite crash time
BBC News
The "productive scientific life" of UARS ended in 2005 when it ran out of fuel. The US space agency (NASA) says that its out-of-control climate satellite is expected to crash to Earth sometime on Friday evening (GMT). There is still much uncertainty over when and where the satellite will re-enter the atmosphere. Experts say they will get a more precise idea in the last 12 hours before the satellite is due to return. The US space agency says the risk to life from the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is 1 in 3,200. More + video

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