Trash falling from space can become a threat to humans

Highlights

  • Estimates of casualties due to rocket parts falling soon

  • Every year 40,000 tons of dust from the particles of space

In a space station about 320 km from the earth, three people were engaged in a special work, only then they were warned about the increasing danger towards them. His life could have been lost in this, this danger was moving towards him at a speed of more than 48 thousand kilometers per hour. He only had 90 minutes to find a way out. All three people started moving towards the safest place. Then the hour of danger came and went. Mission Control told an American and two Russian passengers aboard the International Space Station that they were safe. Now let us tell what was the danger increasing towards them. It was a fragment of a satellite launched in the year 1989. This thing is from 2015. Since then, several thousand more useless pieces have started floating in space. Because of this, many working satellites are in danger of being completely destroyed or not working.

Estimates of casualties due to rocket parts falling soon
The incident of someone being killed by space debris may sound ridiculously small. After all, no one has died due to such an accident. However, there have been cases of injury and damage to property. A new study published in Nature Astronomy estimates that the number of casualties caused by falling rocket parts is estimated to occur in the next 10 years. You may be surprised to know that every minute of every day, debris from space showers on us, a danger that we are almost completely unaware of.

Every year 40,000 tons of dust from the particles of space
Small particles of asteroids and comets often fall on the surface of the earth, but they go unnoticed. However, every year about 40,000 tons of dust on Earth is due to this. Although these particles are not a problem for us, but these debris definitely harm the spacecraft. As recently happened with the James Webb Space Telescope. Sometimes a large sample comes to the ground in the form of a meteorite, and perhaps once in 100 years, a meteorite of tens of meters passes through the atmosphere and makes a crater on the earth.

Where can space waste fall?
There is a small, but significant risk of re-entering the atmosphere from space fragments in the coming decade. However, this is more likely to happen at southern latitudes than at northern latitudes. In fact, the study estimated that the probability of falling rocket fragments is about three times higher than in New York in the US, Beijing in China or Moscow in Russia at the latitudes of Jakarta in Indonesia, Dhaka in Bangladesh or Lagos in Nigeria.

Are there chances of human casualties as well?
The authors also expect casualties from uncontrolled rockets to re-enter the atmosphere in the coming decade. Assuming that each re-entry spreads deadly debris over an area of ​​ten square metres, they found that on average, one or more people have a 10 percent chance of being killed over the next decade.

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