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National Briefing / Texas

It may be raining satellites

February 16, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The Federal Aviation Administration has received numerous reports of falling debris across Texas, which could be related to a recent satellite collision.

Some of the callers reported what looked like a fireball in the sky.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig said officials suspected the debris could be related to the collision, but he said that had not been confirmed.

The FAA notified pilots Saturday to be aware of possible debris after a collision Tuesday between U.S. and Russian communication satellites.

The chief of Russia's mission control said clouds of debris from the collision could circle Earth and threaten numerous satellites.

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