Chunk of International Space Station crashed into Florida home: NASA

Chunk of International Space Station crashed into Florida home: NASA

A chunk of the International Space Station that was released three years ago crashed into a Florida home last month, according to NASA’s Monday news release.

A cargo pallet was released from the space station in March 2021. It was filled with aging batteries. When released, it was supposed to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere without any harm, but a piece did not burn and eventually landed in a house in Naples, Fla., in early March of this year.

The object that hit the Florida house on March 8 weighed 1.6 pounds, NASA confirmed on Monday.

WINK News, a CBS News affiliate, first reported on the object’s crash.

The object crashed into Naples resident Alejandro Otero’s home, ripping through the home’s room and floor.

“It was a tremendous sound. It almost hit my son. He was two rooms over and heard it all,” Otero told WINK News. Otero was not home when the crash occurred, but the incident shook the entire family.

“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,” Otero said. “I’m super grateful that nobody got hurt.”

The piece was cylindrical in shape, and it was 1.6-inches wide and around 4 inches tall. NASA examined and confirmed the purpose of the object at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“Based on the examination, the agency determined the debris to be a stanchion from the NASA flight support equipment used to mount the batteries on the cargo pallet,” NASA said Monday.

NASA said the International Space Station will perform a probe to find out why the debris survived when dropping through the Earth’s atmosphere.

“NASA specialists use engineering models to estimate how objects heat up and break apart during atmospheric re-entry,” NASA said Monday. “These models require detailed input parameters and are regularly updated when debris is found to have survived atmospheric re-entry to the ground.”

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