|Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), credit NASA MSFC|
It turns out that the this huge satellite may have some pieces which reach ground level. Sounds exciting! Don't touch though. Space.com ran an article about how FEMA is on alert for any issues. You can read it: FEMA Prepared for Dead NASA Satellite's Plunge to Earth This Week.
From the article,
Numerically speaking it comes out to a chance of 1 in 3,200 that one person anywhere in the world might be struck by a piece of debris. "So those are actually, obviously, very, very low odds that anything — anybody is going to be impacted by this debris," Johnson added.Pretty small odds indeed... unless you are the person that gets hit... actually, I think that seems like very large odds. Given that 2/3 of the planet is covered by water, that number seems ridiculously high... anyone else have any thoughts about it?
EDIT: Thought I would update the article with my comment below in case someone doesn't read the comment. The 1 in 3200 is integrated over the entire world population. The odds for any individual is 1 in 2.1E13 or 1 in 21 Trillion. Very small odd indeed.