NASA is investigating whether debris from the ISS fell on a Florida home

NASA is investigating whether debris from the ISS fell on a Florida home
NASA is investigating whether debris from the ISS fell on a Florida home

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The American space agency NASA will analyze “an object” that, according to a resident of the American state of Florida, landed on his house. This may be waste dropped from the International Space Station (ISS).

Source: BELGA, Guardian, Daily Mail

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“NASA has recovered an object in collaboration with the owner,” a spokesperson said. It will be “analyzed as soon as possible at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to determine its origins.”

The object weighing less than one kilogram is said to have pierced the roof of a home in Naples, Florida on March 8. The owner of the home posted photos on X on March 15 of a gray tubular object and a hole in a wooden floor. The object “pierced the roof and two floors,” he wrote in the post.

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Alejandro Otero was traveling himself, but his son was at home and he was “almost hit”. He heard a huge noise and saw a hole in the roof, ceiling and floor. The object ended up in the basement, where it left a crater in the floor.

Old batteries?

NASA had unloaded a pallet of old batteries from the ISS in 2021. In March this year, the space agency said it had conducted an extensive analysis and concluded that the pallet “would be released into the atmosphere without danger.” That was expected to happen on March 8.

According to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, due to the time the homeowner communicated and the location, it could very well be part of the cargo. A home surveillance camera recorded the sound of the crash just 5 minutes after the space agency said the space debris entered the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico on its way toward southwest Florida at 2:29 p.m.

Similar incidents have also occurred in the past. For example, in 2022, Australian authorities confirmed that a charred piece of space debris from a SpaceX aircraft had ended up in a sheep pasture.

The article is in Dutch

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