Something new to worry about – will your flight get whacked by space junk?

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An airliner traveling from Chile to New Zealand early today was in for an near miss from something you wouldn’t expect.

Flaming space debris — the remains of a Russian satellite — came hurtling

back to Earth not far from a passenger jet on its way to Auckland, New Zealand.

Here’s further proof for the growing concern of the increasing amounts of space junk orbiting our planet. From the article: ‘The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340 … notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Center after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane…’

Yikes!

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