So in general a satellite falling out of orbit is not a really big deal, the items burn up in the atmosphere or, given the earth’s surface area is almost 70% water, whatever pieces don’t burn up harmlessly scare the hell out of some fish. It has seemed odd to me over the last couple of weeks that NASA has put out a lot of press concerning this latest satellite decommissioning. At first I thought well there is one big piece that may not burn up, but more and more I became suspicious that they did the math and the United States looked like a likely crash down point for the satellite. Well, this morning they announced it, looks like there is a decent chance Mr. satellite is coming to the good ole USA. It is scheduled to touch down, a sweet term for a large piece of metal hurtling into the ground at a few hundred miles an hour, late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Most likely this leads to nothing but there is a small chance of it hitting a populated area or of giving some of us a really great light show, so if it’s clear where you are might be a nice night to sit out under a blanket and sky watch, stay tuned.