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17 Apr, 2024
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NASA has concluded its investigation into an incident in Naples, Florida, where a piece of space debris crashed through the roof of a residential home.

The debris, confirmed to be part of equipment dumped from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, has prompted renewed concerns about space junk and its potential hazards.

The incident occurred on March 8 when a fragment of metal, identified as a stanchion from NASA flight support equipment, tore through two floors of homeowner Alejandro Otero's residence. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

The piece of debris, weighing 1.6 pounds and measuring 4 inches tall and 1.6 inches in diameter, was part of equipment used to mount batteries onto a cargo pallet. This pallet, containing discarded nickel-hydrogen batteries, was released from the ISS on March 11, 2021, with the expectation that it would burn up harmlessly upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. However, this particular fragment managed to survive re-entry and impact the residential property.