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For the second time in just five days, a mystery cylindrical object weighing about 20 kilos has fallen into fields in Calasparra, an area of Murcia with 9,700 inhabitants.
On November 3rd, there was a sense of wonderment and some amusement after a huge metal ball crashed into a goat farm and was discovered by two bemused shepherds.
But yesterday villagers were stunned to find a SECOND globe had plummeted to Earth in the hamlet of Villavieja, just a stone's throw from the other site.
After the first ball was discovered on November 3, a farmer reported seeing between seven or eight fireballs first thing in the morning so it is believed there could soon be more discoveries.
Emergency services has confirmed the second spherical object is very similar to the first and is about 80 centimetres in diameter.
For anyone wondering what it actually is, it's likely a 39-litre hydrazine bladder tank (based on its apparent size; there are also much larger hydrazine tanks). They're used on unmanned rockets for satellite launches, which would explain why they're falling down in such a specific geographic footprint.
A hunk of space junk is headed for Earth and will plunge into our planet in about two and a half weeks. Right now, scientists predict it will crash-land on Friday the 13th (of November). Technically known as WT1190F, scientists have nicknamed it WTF—as in “WTF is this?”
There was also the Russian Salyut spacecraft that came down. And, if I recall with Salyut, there wasn't a lot of control with that one. The issue is, NASA would like to have enough fuel left, but in the case of UARS, the fuel ran out several years ago, so slowly but surely it succumbed to solar pressure and the solar activity created enough drag that we're now seeing it tumble to Earth.
Men in green suits arrived and advised locals to keep out of the way as the Guardia Civil activated their nuclear, radiological, bacteriological and chemical protocols in order to investigate the unidentified object, but it was quickly established that the sphere posed no immediate threat to the civilian population of Mula, and although police scoured the surrounding areas to ensure there were no other objects which could pose a threat to the public the area was re-opened for passing shepherds.