‘It almost hit my son’: owner of house hit by ISS debris testifies

On March 8, an object crashed through the roof of Alejandro Otero’s Florida home and nearly “hit” his son. The space junk actually came from a shipment of old batteries released by the International Space Station (ISS).

On March 8, Alejandro Otero, a resident of Naples, Florida (United States), claimed that a semi-cylindrical gray object “broke through the roof and two floors” of his home.

“Hi. Looks like one of these pieces missed Fort Myers and landed at my house in Naples (…) Can you help me contact NASA, he asked on X (ex-Twitter).

“Huge Noise”

Alejandro Otero told local TV station WINK News that unlike his son, he was not at home at the time of the incident.

“It made a huge noise. It (the object) almost hit my son,” he told WINK News.

If Alejandro Otero first thinks of “meteorite,” the incriminating object weighing approximately 700 grams is actually space debris made of an alloy of metals. It comes from a cargo of old batteries released by the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, which planned to enter the atmosphere “without danger”, NASA confirmed this Monday in declaration.

“I was shaking, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” the American explained to WINK News.

“I’m very grateful that no one was hurt,” he told local television.

Equally incredulous, Alejandro Otero’s son assumed the object belonged to the plane. “It never occurred to me that it could have come from space and accidentally landed on our house,” he explains Internal edition.

Since the incident, the space debris has been transported by NASA to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral for analysis to understand why the debris was not completely destroyed in the atmosphere.

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