Parts of a giant U.S. satellite are to plummet to Earth around September 23, a day earlier than what was expected. The Scientific American reports that the object the size of a small bus is set to plunge to Earth somewhere between Thursday and Saturday. The chances of the satellite hitting someone is approximately 3200 – 1 . These chances are pretty low but the re are still possibilities that it can hit someone . The Space agency’s scientists say, “There’s no way to precisely determine where it will crash”, it could be, Africa or America, the Pacific Ocean or Pacific Heights.
The 20-year-old research satellite is expected to break into more than 100 pieces as it enters the earths atmosphere, most of it burning up. Twenty-six of the heaviest metal parts are expected to reach Earth, the biggest chunk weighing about 300 pounds. The debris could be scattered over an area about 500 miles long.NASA’s 6.5-ton climate probe was launched in 1991 and was shut down in 2005 after completing its mission.