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Kutaisi got from outer space2011-09-28 15:50
The last few weeks in the world yhey're actively discussing where the U.S. space satellite UARS, which got in an accident and lost control, will fall. The experts gave very vague answers: they said that its fragments which have not burned out when entering the atmosphere of the Earth may fall between 57 degrees North latitude and 57 degrees South latitude. But Georgian family from Kutaisi argues that "American gift" fell in their yard, burned tablecloth and broke the cup.
Experts around the world are wondering where all the same pieces of the U.S. space satellite UARS, which a few weeks ago lost control because of the clash with the old Soviet satellite, fall. And in Georgia they're ready to answer experts. Family of Gersamiya, living in Kutaisi, argues that the fine particles of UARS landed in their court, causing a small (especially on space standards) damage.
The drop itself has not been seen. But after coming out into the yard, the family found a strange metal fragments a few millimeters in size, covered with earth, also the molten plastic cup and scorched tablecloth. "We could not understand why there were these pieces, but we remembered that on TV they were talking about the fall of the American satellite and therefore we urged the authorities" - told spouses Gersamiya.
Of course, if it was falling Soviet satellite, they would immediately raise a din. Cursed soviet past, harming young Georgian democracy, and everything like that. It's scary to think how to use this case for pro-Tbilisi propaganda. But because the grace that fell from above, is presumably of American origin, some suspicious metal fragments were diligently collected and sent for examination to the local observatory of the Ministry of Environment of Georgia. No radioactive emission from the fragments was found, but until that Sakartvelo continues to consider it as wreckage of American satellite.
And NASA experts argue that this could not happen: the Caucasus is not included in the area intended for the fall of UARS. Although its borders were indicated very roughly (from 57 degrees North latitude to 57 degrees South latitude), Georgia doesn't fit in any case. Moscow or Kiev could come under "attack" of metal shards, but Kutaisi - not.