There is a chance that a rocket will re-enter the atmosphere
The estimate is valid for the next decade if the current practices of the space industry
When a rocket is launched, it gradually releases weight as it consumes fuel in its stages, which are discarded.
They analyzed the past 30 years of rocket launches, and found that Jakarta, Mexico City and Lagos (in Indonesia
Last year, a stage of a Long March 5B rocket, from China, wildly re-entered the atmosphere (Image: Reproduction/
“The risk at the individual level is very, very small, but if you live in a densely populated city at 30 degrees north latitude, that should be a bigger concern for you,
The article recalls that international agreements can help, as has happened before: the Montreal Protocol,
the space industry has already begun to adapt to more cautious practices.