Chinese Rocket Debris to crash into Earth this week

Earth looks like Mars in this picture shared by astronaut

The debris from a large Chinese rocket will hit the earth’s surface, according to a report by the Cable News Network (CNN).

The report also stated that the debris of the Chinese rocket will enter the earth’s atmosphere this weekend around May 8.

However, the report stated that there is no reason to panic because the out-of-control space debris will not pose any threat to life on the Earth.

Before the possibility to hit the surface, the space debris usually burns up in Earth’s atmosphere. But sometimes it may hit the earth. Last year, a large piece of space debris landed in the Atlantic Ocean after passing over Lost Angeles and Central Park in New York City.

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Important things to know

  • It is not a common phenomenon for space debris to enter and hit the earth’s surface, because the space agencies do not usually leave uncontrollable big objects.
  • The movement of debris in space poses little risk to life on Earth besides threatening the active satellites
  • The Chinese Long March 5B-rocket is likely to enter the earth’s atmosphere around May 8, Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard said, according to the CNN report.
  • “We expect it to reenter sometime between the eighth and 10th of May. And in that two-day period, it goes around the world 30 times. The thing is traveling at like 18,000 miles an hour. And so if you’re an hour out at guessing when it comes down, you’re 18,000 miles out in saying where,” Howard told CNN.
  • Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, said people don’t need to take any precautions because of the event. “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. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis,” he said.

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