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.

Read More: Telegraph

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

  1. Hadrian999 | Sep 14, 2011 at 5:03 am |

    i miss “dead like me”

  2. Hadrian999 | Sep 14, 2011 at 1:03 am |

    i miss “dead like me”

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

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

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

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

  7. Anonymous | Sep 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. Anarchy Pony | Sep 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm |

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

  11. 1000 ways to die 

  12. 1000 ways to die 

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

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

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

  16. Hadrian999 | Sep 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |

    anyone remember the original night of the living dead

  17. Hadrian999 | Sep 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

    anyone remember the original night of the living dead

  18. 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.

  19. Marklar_Prime | Sep 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm |

    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.

  20. You morons | Sep 16, 2011 at 6:53 am |

    Do they read these articles before they post them? 

  21. You morons | Sep 16, 2011 at 2:53 am |

    Do they read these articles before they post them? 

  22. LOL. Nice.

  23. Flavorpistol | Sep 20, 2011 at 3:03 am |

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

  24. Flavorpill | Sep 20, 2011 at 3:04 am |

     I wanna have your baby’s baby.

  25. wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

  26. wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

  27. wait are you saying you are the statistics fail?

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