Russian Spy Satellite Explodes Over The U.S., Russia Proclaims, ‘Nyet!’
A Russian satellite has exploded and burned up over the mainland United States, according to the U.S. Strategic Command, but the Russian Defense Ministry claims there is no truth to these “U.S. media rumors.”
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a solar storm that is expected to hit the Earth this weekend may disrupt satellites from all nations, and in the worst case the Sun’s coronal mass ejection could knock out the power grid if it’s as bad as a Carrington event.
The American Meteor Society, a nonprofit organization that tracks sightings in the sky, reported it was possible the Kosmos-2495 imaging reconnaissance satellite had indeed fallen out of the sky based upon witnesses saying they saw a mysterious bright object crossing the night sky. The Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space) and the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) confirmed the sighting, saying they could “assess with high confidence” that the satellite “re-entered the atmosphere and was removed from the U.S. satellite catalog as a decayed object.”
But Russia has officially denied the exploding satellite, and instead say it is operating normally. “The Russian satellite group functions normally and is being constantly monitored by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces,” said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.
The Russian satellite allegedly burned up on re-entry on September 3, and since Western authorities insisted it had indeed exploded, the Russian authorities felt led to release another statement. “These statements are yet another attempt to find out the location of the space object after the United States has lost track of it,” said Russian Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces.
Fortunately, the odds of a Russian satellite actually hurting anyone with falling debris is fairly low. Still, anything that survives re-entering Earth’s atmosphere will be traveling at quite a high speed considering objects have to travel at 17,500 miles per hour in order to maintain orbit. So if you see a bright streak heading at you, don’t say “nyet”… duck!