A holy man was nearly struck down by a chunk of space junk falling from the heavens.
Monks in Laos were jolted out of their contemplations when part of a satellite smashed down metres from where they were standing.
The metal flap fell from a Chinese spacecraft, local media reported.
Orange robe-wearing monks were pictured holding the panels at the front of a temple in Chamapaskas, a region on the border of Thailand and Cambodia.
If local suspicions about its origins are true, the metal flap won’t be the first piece of Chinese space junk to crash onto Earth.
In April 2018 the Tiangong-1 space station came to the end of its operational life and started to tumble downwards, breaking into parts as it came through the atmosphere.
Fortunately, it was largely burnt up as it reentered the atmosphere.
An American piece of galactic rubbish hit a human in 1997.
Lottie Williams became the first – and possibly to date only – person to be hit with a synthetic piece of space junk.
She was walking through a park in Tulsa, Oklahoma when a piece of metal about the weight of a drinks can fell on her shoulder.
When the bit of metal was taken to the University of Tulsa’s Department of Geosciences, Dr William Cornell judged it similar to the kind of material NASA used to insulate fuel tanks.
Further analysis concluded it was likely from the fuel tank of a Delta II rocket that had launched a U.S. Air Force satellite in 1996