A Chinese space station will fall to Earth between Saturday and Monday.
At 9 tons, it’s the largest piece of space debris to re enter our atmosphere that we know of, and it may be headed for North America. Some people are worried about it, so we looked into the chances that it could hit someone.
There’s a huge number of satellites and pieces of space junk orbiting Earth.
Right now, a space station launched by China, the size of a school bus is coming down.
Christopher Palma, Associate Professor of Astronomy Astrophysics at Penn State says, “This particular Chinese space station lost ability to fire thrusters so because of the drag of the atmosphere it’s going to re-enter Earths atmosphere and burn up.”
It’ll be going thousands of miles an hour and some pieces of it may make it to the surface.
Right now scientists predict that it may break up into pieces over North America or Australia.
And the chances of it hitting someone? 1 in 300 trillion according to European Space Agency researchers.
Christopher Palma says, “The Earth is so big, covered with oceans, the probability of anyone seeing or being impacted by an object from space is almost zero.”
That’s far less likely than being hit by lightning.
Chances of being hit by lightning over your lifetime is 1 in 3000.
Chances of winning the latest lottery, 1 in 302 and a half million.
Chances of being hit by this Chinese space station, 1 in 300 trillion.