“The risk is real” for the part of a runaway Russian rocket heading for Earth


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In the next few hours a piece of Russian rocket that is out of control will enter the Earth’s atmosphere, and although it is a fact that cannot be ignored, the possibility of causing further damage or even casualties is minimal.

“It will fall in the next few hours, that’s for sure, but no one can say where, because in the space of several hours it will make several laps around the globe, “the head of the European Space Agency’s Office for Space Debris, Holger Krag, told CNN.

He added that, although the probability of this piece harming someone is very low, “the risk is real and cannot be ignored”.

For his part, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, pointed out that of the debris that will fall “most of it is probably liquid and will burn in the atmosphere, so the risk is significantly lower.”

Much of space debris burns when entering the atmosphere land, but large pieces can cause damage if they fall into inhabited regions.

CNN points which are remains of the Angara A5 rocket, which took off on December 27 from the Plesetsk spaceport in the Arkhangelsk region, aimed to test the new Persei thruster.

Every year, between 100 and 200 tons of space debris enter the Earth’s atmosphere in an uncontrolled way. An exceptional case occurred in 1997, when a woman survived the space debris hit.

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