Russia space junk.
March 28, 2007 5:30pm CST
Here are a few different recent mishaps with russian space junk. March 28, 2007 - The pilots of a Chilean passenger jet reported seeing flaming debris past their aircraft as it approached the airport at Auckland, New Zealand. It is believed the debris missed the jet by a margin of about 40 seconds. October 2001 - A farmer in La Crosse, Kansas (U.S.) found space junk on his property. NASA identified it as the fourth stage of a Russian Proton rocket. March 23, 2001 In 1976 Mir was launched. It's obsolete, a relic of the Cold War, and in 2001 Russia dumped it into the Pcific Ocean. It is believed over 1000 fragments coudl of survided re-entry giving the possibility of 1,500 pound chunks hurling towards Earth in. Furthermore these chunks could of scattered into populated areas. 1979 - Skylab, half the size of Mir, came crashing down on parts of suburban Perth and the remote deserts of Western Australia. 1978 - Space debris crash over northern canada. The rocket was a out-of-control nuclear-powered Russian, named Cosmos 954, which spread radiation over the sparsely inhabited region. 1972 - Four mysterious 14-kilo titanium gas canisters fell in the Ashburton area of New Zealand's South Island. After being analyzed by scientists, the Cyrillic letter-covered balls were believed to have come from a Russian space probe, possibly bound for Venus. U.S. specialists were aghast at the advanced state of the titanium, which appeared superior to anything the Yanks had at the time.