Asked in International Space Station
International Space Station
Has the ISS been hit by a meteor?
Asked in Space Travel and Exploration, Astronauts
How do the astronauts know that they haven't been hit by a meteor?
Asked in Astronomy
What is the name of the biggest meteor to hit earth?
Asked in International Space Station, Astronomy, NASA
What is the probability of the International Space Station or other satellite being hit by a meteor?
Very low - but NOT zero. First, a correction; a "meteor" is the streak of light when a space rock falls into the Earth's atmosphere and is heated to incandescence by friction and compression heating. Since the ISS and other space satellites are in orbit, they cannot be hit by a "meteor"; but they COULD be hit by a space rock that's on its way to becoming a meteor. We generally call such things "meteoroids". But space is big, the rocks are tiny, and the ISS - or other satellites - are all relatively small, in the great scheme of things. The probability that a rock bigger than a grain of rice would hit are fairly low. Of course, most satellites are constantly bombarded with meteoroids the size of a grain of DUST, and eventually something bigger will hit. That's why they have shielding, and emergency preparations.
Asked in Arizona, Maps and Directions
What is the the closest city to the meteor that hit in Arizona?
Asked in Geography
Will a meteor hit earth?
No... Technically a meteor will never hit earth, and there has never been a meteor to hit the earth. A "meteor"by definition is the incandescent light phenomenon only. This is produced by extreme pressures exerted on the meteoroid body as it enters Earth's atmosphere at tens of thousands of MPH. A meteor is only incandescent for a few seconds of brief flight until it blinks out and enters what science calls "dark flight". Then it continues to fall at terminal velocity until impacting the ground, at which point it's called a meteorite.
Asked in Dinosaurs
Will the meteor that kill the dinosaurs kill us too?
Asked in Astronomy
Will earth be hit by a massive meteor?
Asked in Arizona, Grand Canyon
How deep was the meteor when it hit the Grand Canyon?