Friday, September 23, 2011

Where Did We Go Wrong?

This must be the question the gods ask themselves on a daily basis.

The answer is probably: with the introduction of opposable thumbs.

NASA anticipates that 26 potentially hazardous parts [from the bus-sized upper atmosphere research satellite (UARS)], weighing a total of 532kg, could remain intact and hit the Earth. The debris will spread along an estimated 500-mile corridor of the Earth's surface. Among the parts expected to survive the fiery re-entry are four titanium fuel tanks, four steel flywheel rims and an aluminium structure that alone weighs 158kg. Depending on their size and shape, the components will strike at speeds of between 55mph (90km/h) and 240mph (385km/h).

UK householders will be encouraged to know that most household insurance policies are likely to protect against any damage caused by the flying debris.

  UK Guardian

They might, however, want to go on holiday so as not to be home when it hits.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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