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NASA confirms that debris from the space station fell into a house in the US

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NASA confirms that debris from the space station fell into a house in the US

An object that fell from the sky and crashed into an American’s home in Florida turned out to be a piece of debris ejected from the International Space Station (ISS), NASA confirmed on Monday.

The strange incident occurred last month when Alejandro Otero of Naples, a resident of Florida, posted on social media about an object that crashed into his son’s home on March 8. The timing and location of the event closely matched official predictions about the atmospheric reentry of a fragment of a space cargo platform carrying old batteries that was released from the ISS in 2021, leading space observers to believe it was a likely coincidence.

NASA later collected the fallen object for analysis and confirmed in a blog post that it was indeed a stanchion of NASA flight support equipment used to place batteries on a charging platform. The object, made of the metal alloy Inconel, weighs 0.7 kilograms and measures 10 centimeters in height and 4 centimeters in diameter.

NASA also announced plans to investigate how the debris survived the atmospheric reentry without total destruction and pledged to update its engineering models following the incident. The agency stressed its commitment to operating responsibly in low Earth orbit and mitigating risks to protect people on Earth when space hardware is released.

The bizarre incident serves as a reminder of the complexities and potential hazards of space exploration, even for those of us on the ground in Florida, United States.

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