And you thought lightning strikes were rare.
A defunct NASA satellite is set to plunge to Earth, with a 1-in-3,200 chance that someone could get hurt, according to the space agency. That has many wondering: Whatâ€™s it like to get hit with a piece of space junk?
Lottie Williams — perhaps the only person in history to ever get hit by falling space junk — knows the answer. Back in January of 1997, she and two friends were walking through a park in Tulsa, Oklahoma around 3:30 a.m. when they saw a huge fireball streaking from the skies.
â€œWe were stunned, in awe,â€ Williams told FoxNews.com. She thought sheâ€™d just witnessed a shooting star. â€œIt was beautiful.â€
Less than thirty minutes later, that awe turned to fear.
â€œWe were still walking through the park when I felt a tapping on my shoulder,â€ Williams explained. With no one near her at the time, she started to run, thinking a stranger had appeared out of the shadows. Then she heard something hit the ground behind her.
â€œThe weight was comparable to an empty soda can,â€ Williams told FoxNews.com. â€œIt looked like a piece of fabric except when you tap it, it sounded metallic.” Williams was sure sheâ€™d found a piece of a shooting star.
Excited by her discovery, she took the fallen piece of sky to her local library where she was referred to the astrology club (given her space-rock theory), as well as the National Weather Service — who told her about a Delta II rocket that had re-entered the atmosphere the night before.
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