The European Space Agency has revealed that a piece of a Russian rocket will fall back to Earth in the next 24 hours, but the exact location of its landing remains uncertain.
Angara-A5 was launched from Russia on December 27, but according to fresh CNN reporting, a major portion of it is returning until it burns up upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
According to Tech Times, the rocket will be used to launch commercial satellites as well as military payloads. The debris is expected to fall somewhere on Earth on Thursday, January 6, most likely in the Pacific Ocean. It was supposed to reach 22,000 miles but failed to leave low-orbit. Officials should be permitted to revise their forecasts.
“It’s safe to say that in the next 24 hours it will be down but where, nobody can say, because in the window of several hours it will do several revolutions around the globe,” Holger Krag, the head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office, told CNN.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than 15,000 pieces of space debris have been documented. While Russia, the U.S., China, France and India are all responsible for the space debris, most of it has been traced back to Russia with an estimated total of 14,500 pieces.