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Trash from the International Space Station may have hit a house in Florida [updated]


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Trash from the International Space Station may have hit a house in Florida

NASA collected the item to confirm whether it came from the International Space Station.

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A few weeks ago, something from the heavens came crashing through the roof of Alejandro Otero's home, and NASA is on the case.

In all likelihood, this nearly 2-pound object came from the International Space Station. Otero said it tore through the roof and both floors of his two-story house in Naples, Florida.

Otero wasn't home at the time, but his son was there. A Nest home security camera captured the sound of the crash at 2:34 pm local time (19:34 UTC) on March 8. That's an important piece of information because it is a close match for the time—2:29 pm EST (19:29 UTC)—that US Space Command recorded the reentry of a piece of space debris from the space station. At that time, the object was on a path over the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward southwest Florida.

Read More: ➡️ Ars Technica

 

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Luckily no one was hurt. The timing and location does seem to coincide. 

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NASA confirms debris that fell on Florida home came from ISS pallet

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A chunk of metal that tore through a Florida home last month has been confirmed by NASA to have fallen from the International Space Station.

The previously unknown space object, which looks to have been partially melted and mangled, has been identified by space agency scientists as the remnants of a stanchion used to mount nickel hydride batteries on a cargo pallet after they were replaced by more capable lithium-ion units. Flight controllers then used the space station's robotic arm to jettison the pallet in March 2021, with the intention that it and its contents would burn up when they plunged back into Earth's atmosphere.

Instead, at least one 4-inch-long by 1.6-inch-wide (10-by-4 centimeter) fragment survived reentry and crashed through the roof and two floors of Alejandro Otero's home in Naples.

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