For those who may have dared to doubt the wisdom of creating the Palace Space Junk Monitoring Program™ to track the flaming space junk hurtling to Earth:
Moscow: A Siberian resident miraculously escaped serious injury or even death when a fragment of a Russian communication satellite crashed through the roof of his house.
A Meridian satellite that was launched Friday from the Plesetsk space centre in northern Russia on board a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket crashed near the Siberian city of Tobolsk minutes after lift-off.
Eight satellite fragments were found in an area some 100 km from the city of Novosibirsk.
A titanium ball of about five kg fell on to the roof of a house in Ordyn district.
The house owner, Andrei Krivorukov, had gone out to the yard to fetch firewood minutes before the crash.