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originally posted by: Brywilson2
I'm old, 52, but.....
Seems like I was told in high school that there were literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of man made debris orbiting the earth. Everything from large pieces like the moon mission 2nd or 3rd stage rockets, military or communication satellites, all the way down to small chips of heat proofing shield from various space craft.
It stands to reason some would enter the atmosphere, fall to earth, and catch fire on the way down.
I've seen this happen a lot, as I grew up in a rural farm setting, no streetlights, etc. At least that's what the guy at Grissom AFB told me on the phone when my grandfather encouraged me to call them in the mid/late 1970's.