China’s rocket out of control, expected to reenter Earth’s atmosphere
Falling debris pose very little threat to human safety
Weighing in at nearly 20 tons with a standing height of 10-stories, the Chinese Long March 5B rocket is spiraling out of control and set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend. The rocket’s boosters and other remnants were supposed to fall into the ocean, but since entering Earth’s orbit, scientists say it could land anywhere from the U.S. to China, Europe and New Zealand.
While news of the falling debris can be alarming, it poses very little threat to human safety. Experts say the chances of a someone being hit are about one in several-billion.
Experts won’t know where the rocket will land until hours before.
Remnants of the rocket are measuring at approximately 100 feet long. Nothing this massive in weight has fallen back to earth in 30 years. Scientists are hoping the remains fall into the ocean because if not, it could cause serious damage.
The U.S. Department of Defense is tracking the rocket. As of now, there is no plan to shoot it down.
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