Death from Above! Watch the skies this week

A 6-ton defunct satellite will be crashing down into earth next week, its trajectory is unknown, the only area said to be safe is Alaska (Palin has connections up there apparently).

According to NASA, there are currently 3,000 known satellites orbiting the Earth, this ofcourse does not include spy satellites, or non-NASA satellites, the count in total of both defunct and function is probably around 5,000.

Satellites Orbiting Earth

This scene will be replayed next week, as an satellite crashes into Earths' orbit

WASHINGTON — U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week.

NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite closely. On Friday officials moved up their prediction for its arrival to Sept. 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 1 in 3,200. The heaviest piece to hit the ground will be about 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.

Personally, I’m hoping that satellite finds its way into Kuwait’s orbit, and crashes somewhere near where I am, and I get to call first dibs on any extraterrestrial material that may have latched onto the frame of the satellite, preferably a symbiote or a some form of alien bling that grants its wearer super-human powers whilst engulfing them in a green (or blue for copyright reasons) hue.

And I’m willing to bet I am not the only one thinking that way.

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