You are not going to get hit by a satellite next week. I just wanted you to know that. I know that you have been watching the news and they have been pegging the odds at 1 in 3200, and that those odds are better than your odds of getting struck by lightning or winning the lottery or getting wedgie from your boss, and I know that they are better than the odds that Vegas is giving the Maryland Terrepins of winning the BCS Championship, but I don't care. I feel pretty confident that not you, I, or any of the Unpaid Interns are going to get hit by a satellite anytime soon.
It just doesn't happen, okay? Most of the world is covered by water - with tiny little ships floating in it - and a lot of the rest of land area is covered by uninhabited desert or ice or mountains or permafrost or whatever. In fact, over 99.999999999999% of the surface of the Earth consists of places in which you are not standing, and so the odds of you being where that rogue satellite comes down in really pretty small. Well, they say that there will most likely be 26 parts of the satellite that survive re-entry and that increases the odds I suppose, but I still think it is pretty unlikely that you will be standing in one of those 26 spots when that thing comes down.
|Mir - none of which has ever fell on you.|
So as you can see, even when satellites fall to Earth and hit the land, they usually hit unoccupied land. A piece of rocket insulation hit a lady in Tulsa once, but that is about it. And there have been WAY fewer than 3200 pieces of space trash that have survived re-entry, so since she has been hit already, we need a lot of stuff to fall before we are due to have someone get hit again. So settle down. Don't let ABC, NBC, or anything with multiple capital letters to let you get all worried and hang around indoors. Just go out. Because you aren't going to get hit by any satellites. Okay?
- Big Dave