WTF is that?

An unknown piece of space junk is currently on a collision course with Earth. The space junk, appropriately labeled WTF (or WT1190F), is believed to be a remnant of a space flight conducted decades ago, perhaps even from the famed Saturn V rockets that first brought man to the moon. The object is expected to collide with the Earth on November 13th off the coast of Taiwan in the Indian Ocean. However you should not panic, this does not mean that that the world is coming to an end. Most of the object is going to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. But that still means that some of it will still crash into the Earth, and while it poses no threat to the stability of our world, it wouldn’t exactly be fun if this thing lands on you. So be sure to wear a helmet if you plan on going fishing in the Indian Ocean on the thirteenth. This piece of space junk does however raise concerns for any company that wishes to send a satellite into space. There are over 500,00 pieces of space junk in orbit around earth, and if one even comes into contact with a satellite or any other piece of space equipment, it could cause some serious damage. Just watch this scene from the movie “Gravity.”

A map showing all the space debris orbiting the Earth. Photo by NASA
A map showing all the space debris orbiting the Earth. Photo by NASA
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