REPORT: Debris From Chinese Rocket Almost Falls Upon New York City
With all the turmoil around the world, and especially the New York City area, this would have been the last thing we would have needed. A report from Ars Technica indicates that pieces from a rocket recently lunched from China missed New York City by about 15 minutes.
The NY Post says the 100 foot rocket was launched May 5. After around a week in space, the 100 ton rocket started falling back into Earth at thousands of miles per hour. While most of the rocket burnt up upon re-entry, some pieces, the size of a bus, fell into the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Space Command tracked the re-entry.
Ars Technica says that the debris missed New York City by about 15 to 20 minutes. Had the rocket fallen back into Earth just a but earlier, it may have been a very bad day for some people in the New York City area.
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