For days we’d heard that a NASA satellite, which had orbited our planet for some 20 years, would come careening down to Earth. Where would it hit? When would it hit? Who would be the unlucky one-in-a-trillion to get creamed by falling space debris?
Fortunately, no one drew the short straw. As far as we know.
The media storm leading up to the satellite’s reentry was confusing at best, however, even though NASA stated several times that it would be unlikely to cause problems. Once it reached the earth, there would be a good chance they’d never see it again.
And so it is. The satellite has seemingly reached the surface of Earth without even a whimper, and its final resting place may or may not be somewhere in the Pacific ocean.
Unfortunately, this won’t be the last time we’ll have to deal with falling space wreckage, as used up space materials are constantly orbiting our planet and, sooner or later, bit by bit, it will all be returning home.