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Mystery of object that crashed into Florida home solved by NASA

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The debris was a metal support used to mount batteries on a cargo pallet that was jettisoned from the International Space Station in 2021 and survived entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Tuesday 16 April 2024 12:39, UK
A mystery object that fell from the sky before crashing into a home in Florida last month was a piece of space junk, NASA has said.
The space agency said on Monday the cylindrical chunk of metal, which weighed 0.7kg (1.6lbs) and was 10cm (four inches) tall and around 4cm (1.5 inches) wide had been discarded from the International Space Centre in 2021.
It landed on the roof, smashing through the building and onto the floor of Alejandro Otero’s home in the city of Naples on Florida’s southwest coast on 8 March and was taken to the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral for analysis.
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NASA said it was a metal support used to mount old batteries on a cargo pallet for disposal.
The pallet was jettisoned from the space station three years ago, and the load was expected to eventually fully burn up on entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, but one piece survived.
Mr Otero told television station WINK at the time that the object, which made a „tremendous sound”, had ripped through his ceiling and torn up the flooring, narrowly missing his son.
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He said he came home early from a holiday when his son told him what had happened.
Mr Otero said: „I was shaking. I was completely in disbelief. What are the chances of something landing on my house with such force to cause so much damage.
„I’m super grateful that nobody got hurt.”
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