"The sky is falling tomorrow!" (photo courtesy of Jim White)

Pouting Baby is talking to us again. — JW

My Mommy used to read me the story of Chicken Little. I was always sad that nobody believed Chicken Little when she told them the sky was falling. Well, it turns out that she would be right about the sky falling tomorrow, because a great big thing the size of a school bus is going to fall out of the sky:

On Friday (Sept. 23), a dead NASA satellite the size of a school bus is expected to enter the atmosphere, break into pieces and rain down upon Earth. Though space agency officials don’t yet know where the chunks (some weighing as much as 300 pounds) will hit and haven’t narrowed down exactly where, they say the chances of the falling space debris striking a person are extremely small.

But I guess we shouldn’t worry that the sky will fall on one of us. The story says that the chunks won’t be falling on North America. And smart people tell us that people don’t have much to worry about:

According to Mark Matney, a scientist in the Orbital Debris Program Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the odds that any of the 7 billion people on Earth will be struck by a piece of the soon-to-fall satellite is 1 in 3,200. “The odds that you will be hit … are 1 in several trillion,” Matney said. “So, quite low for any particular person.”

With all the other bad stuff that has been happening, the stock market crash, Georgia murdering Troy Davis and Mr. 0 keeping the wars going, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the sky really is falling this time. You probably won’t get hit by any of the pieces, but just to be on the safe side, don’t look up if you are outside tomorrow.

Jim White

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