NASA is being sued for dumping space junk at a Florida home

NASA is being sued for dumping space junk at a Florida home
NASA is being sued for dumping space junk at a Florida home

A Florida family filed a lawsuit against NASA over a small piece of trash that the space agency had dropped from the International Space Station (ISS), which ended up in their home.

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Earlier this year, a two-pound cylindrical-shaped object crashed into the roof of a family home in Naples, Florida, creating a hole in the ceiling and floor. The incident coincided with reentry of a huge pallet of old batteries of the ISS, which plummeted through the atmosphere the same day over the Gulf of Mexico, eventually heading toward southwest Florida.

The owner reported the incident and NASA recovered the object for analysis. In April, the space agency confirmed that, when studying the object’s dimensions and characteristics, In fact, it was a fragment of the flight support equipment. It is used to mount the batteries on the loading pallet.

“Space debris is a real and serious problem due to the increase in space traffic in recent years,” Mica Nguyen Worthy, the lawyer, said in a statement. “My clients are seeking appropriate compensation to account for the stress and impact this event had on their lives. “They are grateful that no one suffered physical injuries from this incident, but a situation like this could have been catastrophic.”

The son of the homeowner Alejandro Otero was home alone at the time, but fortunately he did not suffer any injuries. The piece of debris left a hole from the ceiling to the basement, according to Worthy. The family is seeking compensation for property, emotional and mental damages. distress, and the costs of third-party assistance required in the process.

The cargo pad contained nine batteries and weighed approximately 5,800 pounds, making it the heaviest piece of trash ever dropped from the ISS. been thrown by Canadarm2 robotic arm in March 2021 and fell towards Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry. The chaotic fall from the final final orbit when the cargo pallet re-entered on March 8 around 3:29 pm ET somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico.

NASA had anticipated that the entire platform would burn up upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, and the chances of the fragments surviving the heat and landing in an inhabited area were fairly slim, but apparently not zero. On average, between 200 and 400 man-made objects re-enter through Earth’s atmosphere each year, and space agencies commonly accept a probability threshold of 1 in 10,000 for the risk of casualties from a single uncontrolled re-entry. according to him European Space Agency.

“NASA remains committed to operating responsibly in low Earth orbit and mitigating as much risk as possible to protect people on Earth when space hardware must be released,” the space agency wrote in a previous statement.

The ongoing case is a rare incident of space debris crashing into personal property, and is certainly the first time it has been reported to NASA. for being an irresponsible garbage dump. The space agency is more likely to compensate the family, and this case will set a precedent as Earth’s orbit remains full of space junk.

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