Falling 25-Ton Chinese Rocket To Hit Earth Saturday, Mexican Resort Could Be In Path

Falling 25-Ton Chinese Rocket To Hit Earth Saturday, Mexican Resort Could Be In Path


A massive piece of Chinese space junk is spiraling toward the Earth, and could land in or near a Mexican resort sometime Saturday afternoon.

A 25-ton Long March booster rocket launched on July 24 to deliver China’s Wentian module to its Tiangong Space Station is tumbling out of its orbit and could be hurtling toward Mexico’s Baja California peninsula near famed resort Cabo San Lucas, according to the Aerospace Corporation. The rockets are especially dangerous during uncontrolled reentry, where large portions of their mass don’t burn up safely in the atmosphere, according to Space.com, meaning as much as a 10-ton piece could make it through re-entry.

“The general rule of thumb is that 20% to 40% of the mass of a large object will reach the ground, but the exact number depends

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