In this image provided by NASA this is the STS-48 onboard photo of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) in the grasp of the RMS (Remote Manipulator System) during deployment, from the shuttle in September 1991. The satellite is 35 feet long, 15 feet in diameter, weighs 13,000 pounds. U.S. space officials say they expect a dead satellite to fall to Earth in about a week. NASA has been watching the 6-ton satellite closely. NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting 6-ton satellite will fall later this week. It's just that if they're off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or New York. Or, say, Iran or India. (AP Photo/NASA)
We don't want to alarm you, but Friday could yield one of the most catastrophic TGIFs in recent memory.
If you haven't heard, a NASA's dead Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is predicted by the agency's orbital debris experts to hit earth sometime tomorrow. Twenty-six pieces of space debris -- all together are roughly the size of a bus -- are expected to make impact, but NASA hasn't announced exactly where the cluster will touch down.
So, is your home insurance against space-garbage current?
Chicago Loop-based OpenChime.com, a service that connects folks with local service providers of any kind, is seizing this as an opportunity for people to potentially cash-in if the unthinkable happens and your house gets flattened. From a release circulated by the company Thursday:
"If your house or property is damaged by any of the stray parts of the NASA satellite, OpenChime.com will pick up the tab."
It gets stranger still.
The release also explains that OpenChime.com planted a GPS on the Atmospheric X-ray Imaging Spectrometer, or AXIS, and if the AXIS crashes through your roof, OpenChime will provide that lucky individual with free home repairs for life.
Some have speculated you have a better chance of winning the lottery than having a piece of the satellite hitting you, so, maybe Friday would be a good day to pick some scratch tickets instead -- at the worst you're down a few bucks, not making a death rattle beneath a giant hunk of NASA's intergalactic blooper.