Space rocket junk could have deadly consequences unless governments act

The re-entry of abandoned stages of rockets left in orbit from space launches have a six to 10 per cent chance of severely injuring or killing a human

Researchers say governments need to take collective action and mandate that rocket stages are guided safely back to Earth after their use

"Is it permissible to regard the loss of human life as just a cost of doing business,

When objects such as satellites are launched into space, they use rockets, parts of which are often left in orbit

they can re-enter the atmosphere in an uncontrolled way

 Most of the material will burn up in the atmosphere, but potentially lethal pieces can still hurtle towards the ground

the researchers looked at more than 30 years of data from a public satellite catalogue

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