Nasa faces $100,000 claim after space debris hits family home

Nasa faces $100,000 claim after space debris hits family home

WASHINGTON - An American family is claiming more than US$80,000 (S$108,000) from Nasa, after a small piece of debris fell from space and smashed through the roof of their Florida home, a law firm said June 21.

The problem of space trash has risen in tandem with increased spatial traffic, and Nasa’s response could set a precedent for how future claims are handled, law firm Cranfill Sumner said in a statement.

On March 8, the object weighing just 700g hit Alejandro Otero’s home in Naples, Florida, making a hole in the roof.

Nasa later confirmed it was part of a cargo pallet of used batteries that was released from the International Space Station as waste in 2021.

Instead of fully disintegrating before falling to Earth, a section remained intact when it reentered the atmosphere, the US space agency said.

Mr Otero’s son was at the house at the moment of impact, according to the law firm, which said that Nasa has six months to respond to its claim.

“My clients are seeking adequate compensation to account for the stress and impact that this event had on their lives,” said lawyer Mica Nguyen Worthy.

“They are grateful that no one sustained physical injuries from this incident, but a ‘near miss’ situation such as this could have been catastrophic.

“There could have been serious injury or a fatality.”

Nasa did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for a comment. AFP

Embed Twitter

Tweet URL

OTHER NEWS

12 minutes ago

New video shows would-be Trump assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks at rally an hour before he opened fire

12 minutes ago

Donald Trump to attend funeral of Corey Comperatore, firefighter killed during assassination attempt

12 minutes ago

Video: Lisa Kudrow, 60, cuts a youthful figure as the Friends star heads to Jimmy Kimmel to promote new Apple TV+ show Time Bandits

12 minutes ago

Video: 'It was horrible for her but she saved my life': Heston Blumenthal tearfully reveals his wife Melanie was forced to have him sectioned during his bipolar battle

19 minutes ago

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Tribute Waltz To Len Goodman Earned An Emmy Nomination

19 minutes ago

‘Frasier’ Sets Season 2 Premiere On Paramount+

21 minutes ago

England's Ben Duckett could be forced to leave second Test with West Indies EARLY - with Dan Lawrence on standby to replace the Nottinghamshire opener

21 minutes ago

NYC is rocked by cases of Victorian-era disease in migrant center - as critics blame Biden's porous border

21 minutes ago

UFO hunters claim to be in possession of debris from alien space craft that is lighter than a petal

21 minutes ago

Get the 'wonder cream in a jar' for a steal: Viral snail SLIME face cream now under £15 in Amazon's Prime Day sale: 'The results so far are amazing'

21 minutes ago

Xander Schauffele, Ludvig Aberg and Bryson DeChambeau to finish in the top 10 including ties at The Open now 10/1 as Royal Troon prepares to host season's final major

21 minutes ago

Former USMNT star and Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas splits fans as he attends Republican Convention in Milwaukee and voices support for GOP and Trump's running mate JD Vance

21 minutes ago

Video: Afghanistan Gold Star families want 'strong leader' Trump back in office and reveal Biden is STILL ignoring their calls to meet

21 minutes ago

Video: Shocking moment drink-driver races the WRONG WAY down a dual carriageway before officers pull him over and find him three times over the limit

21 minutes ago

Video: Trump's Republican miracle: Donald's ear and GOP wounds heal as rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis tell party to unite behind shooting survivor... after calling him unhinged and a loser

21 minutes ago

Video: Trump's Republican miracle: Donald's ear and GOP wounds heal as rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis tell party to unite behind shooting survivor... after calling him unhinged and a loser

22 minutes ago

8 of the Best Perennial Plants for Shade — Bring Dark Corners to Life with These Cool Beauties

22 minutes ago

Giants head coach would have traded up to draft QB Jayden Daniels

22 minutes ago

Ned Leonard gets caught out in the most bizarre way possible in Somerset vs Yorkshire Second Eleven Twenty20 final

22 minutes ago

Tennis-Billie Jean King Cup finals moved to Malaga

22 minutes ago

A checkup for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 2: Still lots to do

22 minutes ago

‘Shōgun’: FX Remake Eclipses NBC Miniseries With 25 Emmy Nominations

22 minutes ago

Caleb Williams, Bears have several vital questions to answer during training camp

22 minutes ago

Emmy nominations 2024: List of top nominees

22 minutes ago

The Tragic True Life Story Of Shannen Doherty

22 minutes ago

'Fight, fight fight!' has become the RNC rallying cry. Trump's supporters explain why

22 minutes ago

Richard Carapaz rides clear to win stage 17 of Tour de France

22 minutes ago

Drug which extends life of mice hints at longer, healthy old age for humans

22 minutes ago

Carapaz climbs solo to stage 17 victory on Tour de France, Pogacar retains lead

22 minutes ago

See behind-the-scenes of Ryan Seacrest's first ‘Wheel of Fortune’

22 minutes ago

Forget pull-ups — strengthen your biceps, triceps and shoulders with this 20-minute dumbbell workout

22 minutes ago

Drivers who own used petrol and diesel cars warned they could be 'left stranded'

22 minutes ago

Clarkson's Farm star Kaleb Cooper warns of 'difficult season' ahead for Diddly Squat

22 minutes ago

Reds name surprise captaincy choice for Wales clash while veteran Wallaby back at fly-half

22 minutes ago

Harry Kane trophy curse goes on after his Euro 2024 heartbreak to leave questions over his England future... and with a new boss at Bayern Munich, there's still plenty of pressure on his shoulders to finally break his duck

22 minutes ago

Jude Bellingham is football's Emma Raducanu, Gareth Southgate was stuck in a time warp… and Bukayo Saka is the rightful player of the year: JEFF POWELL'S damning verdict on England's Euros

22 minutes ago

Hearts vs Tottenham: Live score, team news and updates as Ange Postecoglou's side get their pre-season preparations underway in Scotland

22 minutes ago

Man United fans call for Harry Maguire to be reinstated as captain as wholesome video of the England defender emerges from first day of pre-season at Carrington

22 minutes ago

Photo editor from major news outlet fears bleeding Trump images will be used as ‘propaganda’: report

22 minutes ago

Last chance! Snap up massive Prime Day discounts on tech from Apple, Beats, JBL, Dell, and more

ALONGWALKER VIETNAM: Kênh khám phá trải nghiệm của giới trẻ, thế giới du lịch ALONGWALKER INDONESIA: Saluran untuk mengeksplorasi pengalaman para pemuda global