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    Default Large satellite falling to earth... but where?

    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/875770-s...-land-anywhere

    Nasa has been watching the six tonne satellite closely.

    Officials yesterday moved up their prediction for its arrival to Friday, September 23, give or take a day.

    Nasa scientists have calculated the satellite will break into 26 pieces as it gets closer to Earth.

    The odds of it hitting someone anywhere on the planet are one in 3,200.

    The heaviest piece to hit the ground will be about 159kgs (350 pounds) but no one has ever been hit by falling space junk in the past.

    Nasa expects to give the public more detailed information early next week. For now, all continents except Antarctica could be hit by satellite debris.

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    I'm not worried.

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    As long as someone hasn't written Mr Morningstarr on it.

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    There's this great big 35 foot wide Nasa space station spinning out of control and making it's way to planet Earth right now.

    According to Itchy and Salty (radio guys), the last time something like this happened was in 1979 and Nasa were able to not only say when it would land, but where. It landed in the Pacific Ocean, phew!

    This time though apparently it's so out of control and travelling at a speed of 5 miles per second that they can only predict that it will land some time between now and Friday and that it will land anywhere from Edinburgh to Chile.

    The chances of getting hit by a falling piece of debris used to be millions to one. Now the odds are just over 3,000 to one.

    The radio presenters said that the pieces of the space station are worth a lot of money and last time some stuff landed people where out there trying to grab bits. I did read though the other day that Nasa are saying that anything that lands is still their property so don't even think about nabbing bits to sell on ebay. I feel the good news is that if Nasa are claiming they own all broken bits of debris then if you get smacked on the head by one you should be able to successfully sue the pants off them.

    Remember to look up.

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    Yeah, the speed is orbital or sub-orbital speed so that's the case for pretty much all satellites that come to Earth, and there have been a few over the years. There was one landed in Australia and the Americans had to pay compensation for a clean-up operation but no-one was hurt. The reason this one can't be predicted is because, as you say, they don't have control over when it will begin re-entry. Apparently it could land anywhere between the latitudes of 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south, which is fine by me as we are a little bit outside that range.

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    Bollocks to them then!

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    You're in range though, being farther south.

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    Twill land on Brum with any luck.

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