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How much of a threat to humanity is falling space junk

Over the weekend, debris from an out-of-control Chinese rocket crashed to Earth over the Indian and Pacific oceans.

There had been fears that pieces of the 23-tonne Long March 5B booster could come down over a populated area, but experts had said the probability of this was extremely low.

Nevertheless, NASA hit out at China by accusing Beijing of not sharing the ‘specific trajectory information’ needed to calculate where possible debris might fall. 

Elsewhere at the weekend, a 10ft (3m) piece of space junk – thought to be from one of Elon Musk’s spacecrafts – crashed into a farmer’s property in Australia at around 15,500mph (25,000km/h).

The object, believed to be part of the SpaceX Crew-1 craft, was found in a sheep paddock by a farmer living on a large property in the Snowy…


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