How a $300,000 computer program helped a young woman survive an asteroid strike
This story originally appeared in The Lad bible as: A $300k computer program,a young woman,a rock,a baby article A woman has been awarded more than $300 million in damages for the catastrophic effects of an asteroid that killed her husband and three children in 2006.
Kathryn Stoddard, 31, sued her husband David Stoddards family, claiming he died when the asteroid slammed into his house on August 20, 2006.
David died when he hit a rock hard enough to shatter a wall in the house and his body fell onto a concrete floor, according to the lawsuit.
The family’s house was destroyed.
Karen Stoddars children, 10, 9 and 6 years old, survived and survived.
Her daughter, 4 years old and granddaughter, 2 years old were not injured.
Her lawyers claim the lawsuit was brought to protect the children’s future, not to compensate her.
Stoddards lawyer Michael Wainwright said his client was just “grateful that there’s a legal settlement” and that he’s looking forward to moving on.
“The fact that this was a $150,000 judgment, that she’s paid is kind of a miracle, and it’s a huge relief,” Wainwick said.
The Stoddarts also filed a class action lawsuit against the US government, which paid them $5.5 million for damages.
Struck by the asteroid, which exploded a few seconds after impact, the space station’s crew lost contact with the Earth.
The asteroid hit Earth at 8:20 p.m. local time on August 21, 2006, and exploded with a force of 3.6 times that of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The debris left a crater roughly 50 feet across and 15 feet deep.
A NASA satellite has captured images of a large crater.
The debris was then washed up on the ocean floor by tides.
In 2010, NASA scientists concluded the debris was probably formed from the collision between a meteorite and a rock that had fallen onto the Earth from the moon.
In a statement, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the agency is “deeply saddened by the loss of life.”
The agency will continue to work with the family to pursue all options for compensation, including an investigation into possible causes of death.