A rocket owned by Russia is falling back to earth in the next 24 hours but no one knows where it will land. This is according to the European Space Agency.
Angara-A5, Russian rocket, was launched from Russia on Dec 27. However, CNN reported that a large part of that rocket is returning back unless it burns up upon re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.
According to Tech Times, the rocket in question was expected to transport military payloads as to be used for launching commercial satellites. The target was for the rocket to reach an altitude of 22,000 miles but in failed to leave the low-orbit and as a result the debris are expected to fall on the surface of the earth on Jan 6. Most likely it fell into the pacific ocean.
“It’s safe to say that in the next 24 hours it will be down but where, nobody can say, because in the window of several hours it will do several revolutions around the globe,” Holger Krag, the head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office, told CNN.
The U.S. Department of Defense has stated that an excess of 15,000 pieces of space debris have been documented. While Russia, the U.S., China, France and India are all responsible for the space debris, most of it has been traced back to Russia with an estimated total of 14,500 pieces.
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