You Have A 1-in-3,200 Chance of Being Hit By A Falling Climate-Change Study Satellite This Month

UARSAnd I thought all this space junk would just crash into itself up there. If you are struck, you can blame global warming! Andrew Hough writes in the Telegraph:

The $750 million (£468 million) Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) satellite, launched 20 years ago to study climate change, is set to breach the atmosphere within weeks.

In a new alert issued this week, officials warned pieces could land in densely populated areas on six continents including parts of Britain, Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Nasa claimed the risk to public safety from the “dead” satellite — which is orbiting just over 155 miles above the earth with an inclination of 57 degrees — was “extremely small”.

But senior space agency officials admitted they were “concerned” about the risk to billions of people when it starts falling uncontrolled out of orbit at any stage from later this month.

NASA admitted more than half a tonne of metal from the satellite, which ran out of fuel in 2005, will survive as the majority of it will burn up after entering Earth’s atmosphere.

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  • Hadrian999

    i miss “dead like me”

  • Hadrian999

    i miss “dead like me”

  • Adaugeo

    Now if they could have only attached winning lottery tickets to them my chances of becoming a millionaire would have drastically improved.

  • Adaugeo

    Now if they could have only attached winning lottery tickets to them my chances of becoming a millionaire would have drastically improved.

    • Flavorpill

       I wanna have your baby’s baby.

  • Adaugeo

    If they had only attached winning lottery tickets to them, my chances of becoming a millionaire would have drastically improved.

  • Adaugeo

    If they had only attached winning lottery tickets to them, my chances of becoming a millionaire would have drastically improved.

  • Anonymous

    You have a 1-in-21,680,754,240,000 chance of being hit by this satellite.  There is a 1-in-3,200 chance it will hit a human being.

  • erikgrad

    You have a 1-in-21,680,754,240,000 chance of being hit by this satellite.  There is a 1-in-3,200 chance it will hit a human being.

    • Un

      LOL. Nice.

    • Flavorpistol

      Thank you.  That’s Exactly the comment I was reasonably hoping for.  Ugh.  News.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Well if it lands in the middle of all those Texas wildfires, who’ll know the difference?

  • Wanooski

    Well if it lands in the middle of all those Texas wildfires, who’ll know the difference?

  • iPINCH

    1000 ways to die 

  • iPINCH

    1000 ways to die 

  • Asdf

    Statistics Fail.  1 in 3,200 would mean 100,000 people in the USA would be hit by satellites.

    • Kepi

      wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

  • Asdf

    Statistics Fail.  1 in 3,200 would mean 100,000 people in the USA would be hit by satellites.

  • Asdf

    Statistics Fail.  1 in 3,200 would mean 100,000 people in the USA would be hit by satellites.

  • Hadrian999

    anyone remember the original night of the living dead

  • Hadrian999

    anyone remember the original night of the living dead

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    This would be the first demonstrable case of deaths directly linked to global warming. The next, and last, will be Al Gore going postal in a honky-tonk bar with a flame thrower.

  • Marklar_Prime

    This would be the first demonstrable case of deaths directly linked to global warming. The next, and last, will be Al Gore going postal in a honky-tonk bar with a flame thrower.

  • You morons

    Do they read these articles before they post them? 

  • You morons

    Do they read these articles before they post them? 

  • Un

    LOL. Nice.

  • Flavorpistol

    Thank you.  That’s Exactly the comment I was reasonably hoping for.  Ugh.  News.

  • Flavorpill

     I wanna have your baby’s baby.

  • Kepi

    wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

  • Kepi

    wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

  • Kepi

    wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

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