Did You Know You Could Get Hit By A 660 Pound Satellite Today?
How is something like this even possible? If you're unaware of what's going on in space today, it's been reported by NASA that a 660-pound satellite is plummeting toward Earth right now. NASA has a retired Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic spacecraft that has re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.
From 2002 to its decommission in 2018, this satellite has essentially just been floating around in orbit and it has ever so slowly started falling toward the Earth. This satellite was used to observe solar flares from its low-Earth orbit, which helped scientists to understand the physics of how energy bursts are created.
It's been reported by NASA that the odds of this satellite falling to the ground and hitting someone are about 1 in 2,467. Yes...you read that correctly. 1 in 2,467. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?
NASA is a company that receives billions of dollars each year. According to ZDNet, NASA received a $24 billion dollars budget in 2022. In 2023, they received an 8% increase, which is close to $26 billion dollars. With that amount of money allocated to NASA every year...how is it possible the plan for having a 660-pound satellite fall to Earth is to just hope it doesn't hit someone?
Am I taking crazy pills? This is one of the most funded companies in the world, full of some of the brightest people on the planet and they're just throwing their hands in the air and going "Ahhh, it probably won't hit someone." There's nothing we can do to possibly catch this thing or direct it to a remote area?
Think of it this way, your odds of winning the Powerball are about 1 in 300 million, and your odds of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 15,000. Your odds of being hit by a car are about 1 in 4,300. Your odds of living to be 100 are about 1 in 5000. YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET HIT BY A SATELLITE FALLING FROM SPACE THAN LIVING TO BE 100!? Now, NASA does believe most of the satellite will burn up as it falls to orbit but I don't care. The fact that this is even possible is insane.
Sorry for all caps....but this seems completely crazy to me. If I get by a satellite today, I'm going to be incredibly irritated. NASA released a statement on Monday and according to Express they said,
The risk of harm coming to anyone on Earth is low. It's approximately 1 in 2,467