Saturday, 17 September 2011
A piece of space junk, a 20 year old satellite, is due to fall to earth next Saturday. Nobody quite knows where, but it has a higher than normal chance of causing serious damage. However, the US government says "Members of the public are not allowed to keep pieces of the satellite that may fall to Earth, or sell them on eBay, as they remain the property of the US government." Oh yeah? As far as I am concerned the US government threw it away. If it lands in my back garden, I am clamping it. The release fee will be negotiable.