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Old 01-11-08, 08:06 AM   #1
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(Oct. 31) - A piece of space station trash the size of a refrigerator is poised to plunge through the Earth's atmosphere late Sunday, more than a year after an astronaut tossed it overboard.
NASA and the U.S. Space Surveillance Network are tracking the object - a 1,400-pound tank of toxic ammonia coolant thrown from the International Space Station - to make sure it does not endanger people on Earth. Exactly where the tank will inevitably fall is currently unknown, though it is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere Sunday afternoon or later that evening, NASA officials said.
Amazing Space ImagesNASA TV / AP32 photos Scientists expect a 1,400-pound tank of toxic ammonia coolant that was thrown from the International Space Station a year ago to plunge through the Earth's atmosphere Sunday. One NASA expert says it's unlikely that the debris will hit anyone. This image shows the piece of hardware after an astronaut tossed it overboard on July 23, 2007. Click through for amazing space photos.(Note: Please disable your pop-up blocker)

"This has got a very low likelihood that anybody will be impacted by it," said Mike Suffredini, NASA's space station program manager, in an interview. "But still, it is a large object and pieces will enter and we just need to be cautious."
NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson threw the ammonia tank from the tip of the space station's Canadian-built robotic arm during a July 23, 2007 spacewalk. He also tossed away an unneeded video camera stand overboard as well, but that 212-pound item burned up harmlessly in the atmosphere early this year, Suffredini said.
NASA expects up to 15 pieces of the tank to survive the searing hot temperatures of re-entry, ranging in size from about 1.4 ounces to nearly 40 pounds.
If they reach all the way to land, the largest pieces could slam into the Earth's surface at about 100 mph (62 kph). But a splashdown at sea is also possible, as the planet is two-thirds ocean.
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Oooh, I wonder if it's going to hit anyone
The chances are very low though lol
It'll probably just land in the ocean
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well i hope it lands in the sea.
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the sea would be an excellent landing area for it lol
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I agree with Kerry, the sea would be the best landing point, or the desert. Then again, couldnt it possibly kill animals in the sea or potentially kill some in the desert too?
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Most of the Earth is made up of water... I'm sure it will land in the water.

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