A 25-ton launch vehicle from China will crash on Earth today.  What is the risk?

A 25-ton launch vehicle from China will crash on Earth today. What is the risk?

The core stage of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket is scheduled to fall uncontrolled back to Earth today in a re-entry that China is closely monitoring and said to pose little risk.

The roughly 25-metric-ton (23-ton) rocket stage launched on July 24 to deliver the Wentian laboratory cabin module to China’s incomplete Tiangong space station is expected to reenter Earth Atmosphere on July 30 at 12:15 p.m. ET, more or less 1 hour, according to Aerospace Corporation researchers Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (opens in new tab).

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