A study reveals that Bogotá is three times more likely to suffer the impact of an uncontrolled rocket. This is known now that the re-entry to earth of the Chinese rocket from ‘Long March 5B’.
Although the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that it may fall in southern Europe. Research published in Nature Astronomy indicates that there is a 10% chance of casualties from a rocket crash in the Global South. This study carried out by researchers from the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, asks governments to require the re-entry of rockets in a controlled manner. The study used 30 years of satellite data to calculate the potential risk of uncontrolled rocket body reentries on human life over the next ten years. Thus, it was concluded that Jakarta, Dhaka, Mexico City, Bogota and Lagos, are 3 times more likely to be hit by a rocket, based on the number of rocket bodies in orbit.
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According to NASA estimates, 80% of the world’s population lives in areas that are protected or slightly protected from the eventual fall of space debris. Part of the conclusions of this study, affirm that possibly the death of a person from a mega city in the global south is not reported due to the fall of space debris. Therefore, they estimate that the absence of reports is what does not allow the verification of the hypotheses regarding the danger and risk of fatalities that may be caused by the re-entry of rocket debris and other elements that currently make up all the space debris.
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