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This new developments in the story it's truly out of this world.
FEMA is now involved in preparations for a NASA satellite set to plunge back to earth.
The defunct spacecraft is supposed to break up when -- re enters the Earth's atmosphere.
-- several pieces of debris weighing up to 300 pounds could crash into the planet.
No one knows exactly where they'll land and now the government's emergency response agency is gearing up for a worst case scenario.
Doctor Derek Pitts is.
Doctor -- thanks so much for joining us -- my pleasure for me it is so this satellite is apparently going to turn into a fiery ball and plunge to earth sometime around Friday -- -- even tomorrow.
I'm no expert but that sounds like a problem.
The fact that.
This is not the first time this has happened.
This subject is only six tons in weight there have been much larger objects for example the Mir space station when it came down in ninth in -- 2001.
Tons and skylab in 1979 -- about forty time 84 times so this is not all that heavy.
I would suggest that rather than a titanium helmet.
I think an aluminum foil hat is -- -- I'll get my out right now what I mean I -- making light of it but the truth be told FEMA.
Has now dusted off its emergency response.
Plan for this in case this 300 pound piece of this satellite falls into a city or some sort of populated area what is the plan for that scenario we'll practices.
Great it's wonderful to have a good plan in mind but when you look at this the story of course here is that three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered with water.
And the other 25% that is the land most of it is pretty -- -- population because most of the populations of the world -- a car along coastlines.
So that reduces the possibility of people getting struck by dramatic.
-- -- however you're absolutely right.
You cannot say with absolute certainty that.
No one can be impacted by this it's just that the chances are excellent okay so it sounds like -- -- our planet just cross our fingers.
That's a good -- best idea for this because if you look at the past in all of the past history never before has a piece of space debris.
Come down to look at and struck someone -- fallen in a large urban area.
Okay I'm glad your bringing up the history of space -- because I saw this graphic.
Today and I think we show it to our viewers up all of the space junk.
It is just floating around above our heads so so why is this one particular piece so much more threatening.
The reason why is because its orbit has decayed over time as you mentioned it was launched in 1991.
So it's -- orbit in orbit for a long time was decommissioned in 2005.
And like every other object up there what goes up must come down eventually so it's time for this one now.
And it's time is imminent we know so much more now have so much more access to information and -- -- so many more people know it becomes -- really interesting option for people to take note up let's also note that those folks who might be able to see this over whatever portion of the earth that comes down over.
Will have a really nice guy show.
Okay so what are you gonna be doing Thursday night in this eventuality.
I'm in my basement with might take a titanium helmet off.
Just getting just getting my aluminum foil hat will be fine.
Thank you for your expertise.
Doctor Derek -- -- actually made me feel little bit better about a 300.
Item that is hurling towards earth just stuck that so.
Thank you that is my plan thank you.
Are you can track the course of this giant satellite in real time you could simply go to foxnews.com.
Slash sci tech.
And there you'll find it very neat feature built exclusively for Fox News that pinpoints that satellite's exact location.
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