The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Word on the street is a now defunct satellite will be hurtling through the earth’s atmosphere atmosphere sometime around Friday, September 23 or Saturday, September 24. The satellite in question is an Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS). It’s fuel was depleted back in 2005, and ever since it has been inching toward Earth by our gravitational pull. Currently the 26 pieces, with the largest weighing in at over 300 pounds are expected to fall somewhere between Northern Canada and South America. NASA reports no one should get hurt, as most of the Earth is covered in water. They report the chances of getting injured by the falling debris is 1 in 3200. NASA also has publicly announced to not touch any pieces of UARS debris and to contact a local law enforcement official for assistance.
Would that entail that they belong to someone else and the owner is liable for any damage?
NASA will be able to see the exact trajectory a mere two hours before the event.
You can read updates on the falling UARS on NASA’s website.