Mystery object crashes through Florida man’s roof

NASA said it was investigating after a piece believed to be a part of a massive battery pallet ejected from the International Space Station (ISS) tore through the roof of a home in Naples, Florida.

Florida resident Alejandro Otero said that the object from the sky struck his family home in Naples on the afternoon of March 8th. “It tore through the roof and went through two floors. Almost hit my son,” Otero said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

The man told Wink News, the local media outlet that first reported the incident, he was “shaking” and “completely in disbelief” over what happened.

NASA said in an email to Cybernews that it had collected the item in cooperation with the homeowner and would analyze the object at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida “as soon as possible” to determine its origin. It said it would share more information once the analysis was complete.

The Florida resident said he had cut his vacation short after receiving a call from his son, initially thinking that a meteorite hit his home. Upon returning, however, he found “an apparent man-made cylindrical-shaped object weighing nearly two pounds,” according to the Wink News report.

According to the astronomer Jonathan McDowel, the object that hit Otero’s home could be “a bit from the reentry of the EP-9 battery pallet.”

The cargo pallet, which contained nine old batteries and weighed 2.9 tons, was described as “the most massive object” ever ejected from the ISS when it was released from the station in 2021.

It orbited the Earth for three years before the unguided reentry into the atmosphere on March 8th earlier this year. McDowel, who tracked the pallet's movement, said on X that the pallet reentered at 1929 UTC over the Gulf of Mexico between Cancun and Cuba.

“A couple of minutes later reentry and it would have reached Ft Myers,” McDowel said. The mystery object hit the house in nearby Naples just several minutes after, according to Otero, which McDowel said was “very consistent with the Space Force estimate of reentry.”

Otero said on social media that he had contacted the authorities, including NASA, as “their assistance is crucial in resolving the damages from this deliberate release.”

NASA said at the time when the pallet was ejected from the ISS that it expected the old cargo to burn “harmlessly” in the atmosphere. It appears, however, that some of its pieces survived and hit Otero’s home – a problem that could become more frequent as the Earth’s orbit is getting busier.

More from Cybernews:

WhatsApp adds feature allowing users to react to photos when chatting

Ace Hardware client data affected by cyberattack

PandaBuy data breach exposes 1.3 million people

Google settles to delete incognito browsing data

Connectivity as a right: ending the digital divide and digital poverty

Subscribe to our newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are markedmarked