So a 20 year old NASA satellite is going to fall to Earth on Friday.
The satellite is about 35 feet long and is currently travelling at a speed of 5 miles per second.
Upon entry debris is expected to scatter across a 500-mile area with the biggest chunk weighing about 300 pounds.
NASA says the risk to human life is small as they stress there is only a 1 in 3200 chance of any of the debris hitting someone.
1 in 3200?
Those odds seemed a little low to me. I thought, “Heck, I have a better chance of getting hit by space junk than winning the Oil Barons Dream Home”.
Then my inner scientist (what, you don’t have one? They’re great) went to work.
If there is a 1 in 3200 chance of hitting someone and there are about 6 billion someone’s on Earth, I should be safe. Even though I am bigger than the average someone.
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