What are the odds you’ll be hit by falling space junk?

Cosmos Magazine


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Two incidents of falling space junk have been recorded in the last two months – one on a farm in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains and another just metres from villages in South East Asia.  

While chances you’ll be hit by falling space junk were thought to be astronomically low – new estimates say the risks are much higher and they’re only getting worse.  

Read more: There’s a 1 in 10 chance someone will be hit by space junk this decade.

On this episode of The Science Briefing, Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Matthew Agius about the odds you, or someone you know, will be hit by falling space junk and who is responsible for the damage caused.

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