If a Rocket Falls on Your House, Space Law Protects You – But There Are No Legal Penalties for Leaving Junk in Orbit – SciTechDaily

Illustration of space junk credits: https://scitechdaily.com/

On May 8, 2021, a piece of space junk from a Chinese rocket fell uncontrolled back to Earth and landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. A year ago, in May 2020, another Chinese rocket met the same fate when it plummeted out of control into the waters off the West African coast. No one knew when or where either of these pieces of space junk were going to hit, so it was a relief when neither crashed on land or injured anyone.

Two Chinese Long March 5b rockets, like the one seen here, have crashed into the ocean within the past year. Credit: 篁竹水声 (CC BY)

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