It’s wrong to wish on space hardware.

Nature makes me nostalgic for the 70s, when a young boy’s fancy was caught by tales of Skylab hurtling down to Earth with immense destructive power… and now, once again, we’re treated to reports of falling satellites!

An out-of-control US spy satellite will crash to Earth in the coming months, government officials say. The satellite is large enough that remnants are likely to survive atmospheric re-entry and strike the Earth, sometime in late February or early March, says Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

Is that normal?

“This is relatively routine in that satellites de-orbit all the time,” says Johndroe.

Say what now?

Also, please enjoy the article’s illustration from the wonderfully named “NASA Orbital Debris Program Office.”

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