A Chinese Rocket Is Expected to Fall Back to Earth, But No One Knows Where the Debris Will Land
May 6, 2021 2 min readA Chinese rocket that recently sent a core module to 's Tianhe station is headed back to Earth as debris — but scientists are unsure where the waste will happen, according to CBS News. U.S. officials expect the debris to fall on Earth on Sunday, but experts say the debris is most likely to fall into the ocean, which covers more than 70% of the planet, or a remote area. According to Space.com, the conundrum highlights larger issue at hand: orbital debris. Currently, there are 2,033 rocket bodies in Earth's orbit — 546 of which belong to the U.S. and 169 of which belong to China (a majority — 1,035 rocket bodies, to be exact — belong to Russia). In a press briefing on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki addressed the matter, saying, "The United States is committed to addressing the risks of growing congestion due to space debris and growing activity in space, and we want to work with the international community to promote leadership and responsible space behaviors."