Another Chinese rocket booster will crash to Earth on Saturday.  What is the risk?

Another Chinese rocket booster will crash to Earth on Saturday. What is the risk?

The core stage of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket is set to fall uncontrolled back to Earth next week, in a reentry that China is closely monitoring and has said poses little risk.

The roughly 25-ton (23 metric tons) rocket stage, which launched on July 24 to deliver the Wentian laboratory cabin module to China’s incomplete Tiangong space station, is predicted to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on 30 July at 7:24 PM ET, give or take 16 hours, according to researchers at The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for studies of orbital and reentry debris (opens in a new tab).

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