With the amount of junk floating around in our atmosphere as of late, it comes as no surprise that the folks in Michigan are doing their best Chicken Little impression.
North Korea was the most aggressive of the malfeasant twerps, with Kim Jong Un pushing a number of surprisingly effective ICBM’s skyward in an attention-grabbing show of force the likes of which the DPRK had never fully attempted before. Some of these devices had the previously unheard of capability of reaching the United States – a distinction that was unable to be ignored by President Donald Trump.
State news agency KCNA called its so-called new missile “the most powerful ICBM” and said it “meets the goal of the completion of the rocket weaponry system development.After the launch, Kim said North Korea had “finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” according to KCNA.US Defense Secretary James Mattis said earlier the missile launched demonstrated North Korea had the ability to hit “everywhere in the world.”
Be on the lookout for flying space junk, Michiganders.
China’s Tiangong-1 space station is anticipated to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere between now and April 2 and in response, Gov. Rick Snyder activated Michigan’s Emergency Operations Center today to monitor its travels.
Although unlikely, pieces of the 8.5 ton space station has the potential to land in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, according to the Aerospace Corporation. Debris may contain a highly toxic and corrosive substance called hydrazine.
Anyone who suspects they have encountered debris from the space station is asked by the Emergency Operations Center to call 911 and stay at least 150 feet away from it.
Chinese space junk. Russia’s evil-incarnate rocket. North Korean pot-shots. Elon Musk’s car, (with the body of an insubordinate subordinate strapped into the driver’s seat?). The world is literally encapsulated in dangerous trash, apparently.
At least in the case of the Chinese space station, there aren’t any nuclear warheads to worry about.