Watch your head!

If anyone were to get splatted tomorrow by the de-orbiting UARS satellite, I imagine that’ll be upper atmosphere research gone for Burton. For the past decade and more, this scientific discipline has been hanging on for dear life, increasingly starved of funding, and a small shift in public opinion could finish it off for good. Space weather – who cares?

At one in 3,200, the chances are relatively high that someone somewhere is toast.