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In Space, No One Can Hear You Say "Ahhhh. Oooooh. Ohhhhhhh."

Author: Reilly Capps/Wednesday, August 21, 2013/Categories: space science

You don't usually see falling stars from above, but the International Space Station saw this meteorite explode into our atmosphere

The meteorite came from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which gets pulled in by our gravity and causes the Perseid meteor shower every August. It keeps coming around. The Chinese saw it in 69 BC. Some calculations showed it could hit us in 2126; if the 16-mile-wide comet did hit us, humanity's only option would be to become physically fit and limber, so that we could bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. New calculations show that there's nothing to worry about for at least 2000 years. 

Until we are wiped out, Armageddon-style, we'll keep taking amazing shots like this: 

[The Lyrid meteor shower, shot from the International Space Station in April 2012. Credit: NASA.]

- Reilly Capps

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