The risk that it'll land on you is "incredibly tiny."
It’s Happening (Maybe)
China launched the Long March 5B rocket in late April. While the mission was successful, the rocket itself is now on an uncontrollable crash course to earth.
No one is 100 percent sure as to where it’ll crash in a fiery blaze of glory, but luckily officials now at least have some idea of when it’ll crash in a fiery blaze of glory.
“US Space Command is aware of and tracking the location of the Chinese Long March 5B in space, but its exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry, which is expected around May 8,” said Mike Howard, spokesperson from the US Defense Department, in a statement attained by CNN.
Duck and Cover?
Let’s get one thing straight: Flaming pieces of spacecraft hurtling towards Earth at unfathomable speeds are always scary. That said, experts say the deathrocket actually poses very little risk to people.
“The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen — but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny,” said Jonathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told CNN.
Highway to the Risk Zone
In an attempt to pinpoint exactly where it’ll land, the European Space Agency was able to estimate a “risk zone” that includes the Americas, Africa, and Australia, along with Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and parts of Asia, according to CNN.
So yeah, very precise estimates.
For now we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, everyone ends up safe from falling debris like that time pieces of another Chinese deathrocket landed in a village in Africa.
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