The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Charlie Bolden, announced this morning that an experimental V-3 rocket launched by the Nazis during World War 2 could land in North America over the next few days.
Meeting the press in Houston, Mr Bolden explained that NASA satellites first spotted the rocket a few months ago, and that the organization has been carefully monitoring its trajectory ever since.
According to their observation, NASA experts have determined that the missile would soon reenter the Earth’s atmosphere, and would likely land in the American Midwest.
“We have estimated that it would enter the atmosphere on December 26 or 27,” Mr Bolden told reporters. “It’s hard to determine precisely where it’s going to hit, but it will almost certainly be in North America.”
NASA and the US Air Force are closely monitoring the missile in order to determine if some areas should be evacuated.
Designed by the famous aerospace engineer, Wernher von Braun, the V-3 is very similar to the infamous V-2 rockets which were launched against London during World War 2.
The main difference is its size, the V3 being almost 20 times larger than the V2. It is believed to contain more than 48,000 lbs of explosives.
Only four V3 were built by the Nazis during the war, and only two of them were launched, the other one misfiring and landing in the city of Antwerp in Belgium, killing 219 people.
According to the US Air Force, the missile’s explosive power could wipe out an entire city block if it was to hit in an urban area.