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


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…’


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