Space junk crashes into a Florida house. Family sues Nasa

Nasa has confirmed that the debris originated from a 2.9-ton pallet of used batteries jettisoned from the International Space Station.
Space junk crashes into a Florida house. Family sues Nasa
An object falls from the sky and crashes through a home in Naples. (CREDIT: WINK News)

The American space agency, Nasa, is facing legal troubles after space junk crashed into a Florida house.

The incident involving space debris crashing into a Florida home has sparked a debate about liability for damage caused by falling space junk. On March 8, a chunk of debris tore through the roof and two floors of Alejandro Otero's seaside home in Naples, Florida, narrowly missing his son.

Nasa has confirmed that the debris originated from a 2.9-ton pallet of used batteries jettisoned from the International Space Station in March 2021. The structure was expected to burn up completely upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

The Otero family, represented by attorney Mica Nguyen Worthy, is seeking compensation from Nasa for the damages, Space.com reported.

Worthy argues that under the Space Liability Convention, Nasa would be liable if the debris had caused damage in another country, and believes this policy should apply within the United States as well.

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Space junk crashes into a Florida house. Family sues Nasa

This incident highlights the growing problem of space debris, which is not limited to Earth's orbit. Several other reports of crashing space debris have occurred in the past year, including parts of a SpaceX Dragon trunk found in Canada and North Carolina, and a piece of an Indian Space Research Organization rocket landing on an Australian beach.

The outcome of this case could set a precedent for how governments and private space companies handle compensation for victims of similar incidents in the future.

Worthy suggests that if Nasa were to fully compensate the Oteros, it would send a strong signal to both governments and private industries about responsible space operations and victim compensation.

Source: India Today

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