posted on Jun, 25 2012 @ 05:48 PM
reply to post by hunt4game
I haven't actually seen any witness reports of the meteor, so I'm not sure if it was natural or man-made.
I don't think it matters much either way - junk "burns up" in the atmosphere all the time, and only occasionally makes it down to the ground. Those
few that do, are usually known about well in advance. Most larger bits of junk in orbit are tracked.
Even when they do come down, most will end up in the sea, and those that miss the sea are unlikely to cause any significant property damage. The scrap
value alone would probably cover any property that was damaged - the harder parts of junk that are more likely to survive are usually made of valuable
metals like titanium. Of course, that's assuming you are allowed to keep the junk.
If the meteor was caused by junk reentering, chances are it was relatively small, and would have "burned up"completely. Even quite small junk will
create an impressive meteor/fireball.
So I'm not quite sure what you could tell the public, that they couldn't already find out for themselves?
I do think the public should be better educated about satellites, meteors and basic astronomy in general though.