Space junk crash holds lessons for scientists

spaceA piece of space debris, that is expected to renter the Earth’s atmosphere on 13 November and crash into the Indian Ocean, may allow scientists a rare opportunity to test their capability to predict the impact of such events, experts say. The piece of debris, named WT1190F, and measuring about a couple of meters in size is likely to crash some 100 kilometres off the southern Sri Lankan coast, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

The Sri Lankan government — which has banned fishing in the southern sea area on Friday and also declared a no-fly-zone over it as precaution — said the remnants of the object are expected to hit the sea about 10 minutes before noon, local time.

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