reply to post by jaynkeel
Again this is nothing new and not that dangerous. Objects this size impact the earth at a rate of about 1 per day. The only reason this particular
object is getting attention is some MSM joker decided to make a big deal about it and say how NASA is being unsafe. The fact still remains this is a
near daily event and never once has there been a confirmed injury, let alone a fatality from falling space junk.
The car analogy does not work for you? Try these YEARLY statistics from the US. Then multiply it by the rest of the world to get the true numbers.
I will include a rough odds calculation based on a population 0f 295 million people. This is not an exact number as the stats come from various
years, and the numbers will get rounded to nice even values. Remember the SMALLER the number after the 1 (1:xxx) the MORE likely an event is going to
occur. Keep in mind the injuries values do not mean a paper cut. These entail an injury serious enough to require hospital treatment.
Falling space junk? 0 verified cases. (1: undefined)
Driving your car? 43,000 (1:6,800) Deaths, injuries ~3M (1:98)
Mowing your lawn? Around 242,000 injuries and deaths (1:1200)
Water heaters exploding? Over 300 “deaths” (1:983,000) not sure on just “injuries” no data found
Elevator accidents? Around 17,000 thousand injuries (1:17,000), Deaths around 30 (1:9,800,000)
Billiards? About (1:6000) chance of injury
BBQ Grills? 3,448 (1:85,500)
Golf? Could not find exact numbers, but several deaths per year and numerous injuries.
Lightning? 238 injured 28 dead. (1:1,100,000)
Kite flying? Could not find any U.S. stats but in the city of Lahore over 200 injuries and several dead.
Plane crash? (1:244,000) averaged from 1999-2010 based on the mentioned 295M pop.
Again these stats are from the US over various years and the "odds" are based on a pop of 295M. This means these will not necessarily be found
exactly the same on any web page, as these stats have been collected from a variety of sources. But looking at this you see the auto accident line?
Pay close attention to this for all you people hating on NASA and saying how the need to be more careful. In the US you have around 1:98 chance of
being injured by an automobile. Worldwide this number gets even worse as driving in other countries can be far more dangerous than in the U.S.
AGAIN LOOK AT THE AUTO ACCIDENT LINE ---- 1:98
edit on 24-9-2011 by byeluvolk because: (no reason given)