Yes, it’s true. Next month, Earth may suffer an impact – from a piece of space debris that may be a remnant of the Apollo space program!
Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California tracks space debris and the item in question (codenamed WT1190F) is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere at around 6:15am UTC on Friday, November 13th.
Whether or not WT1190F will burn up in the atmosphere is actually unclear, but if it does survive reentry it is expected to splash down in the Indian Ocean around 65km (40 miles) south of Sri Lanka.
Experts have been able to verify that WT1190F is a man-made object due to its relatively small size (just one to two metres wide) and its low-density trajectory, which suggests that it is hollow.