Russian Satellite Hits Mexico
"A fireball that smashed into Central Mexico this week, first thought to have been a meteorite, was actually a falling Russian space satellite.
People across Mexico reported seeing a large fireball in the late afternoon sky over Mexico and hearing a massive boom or explosion.
A Mexican official says the government now believes the falling space object as a Russian satellite falling from orbit and into the earths atmosphere: “We think it was the space wreckage of a Russian satellite that was catalogued by the Department of Defense of the United States and which we knew could pass over Mexican territory,” engineer Fernando de la Peno said.
The most likely scenario for the falling space junk over Mexico was from the Cosmos 2421 reconnaissance satellite launched by the Russian Navy in June 2006.
Back in 2006, Cosmos 2421 made news that it could eventually crash and burn into the Earth and posed a danger to humans. Cosmos 2421 had since broken apart into 15 pieces, with a large chunk of Cosmos 2421 likely the cause of the Mexico fireball.
So far authorities have failed to reach any crash site for the apparent Russian satellite crash. However, the possibility for a meteorite was still possible.
Earlier reports in Mexican media said that a large meteorite had crashed between the Ahuazotepec Municipality in Central Mexico between the cities of Puebla and Hidalgo. Some reports via radio also said a crash site had been found, and a bridge collapsed, as well as damage to some houses. This report later proven to be a false report."