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DEVELOPING… Scientists are concerned a massive Chinese rocket in a degraded orbit could land as far south as New Zealand, exposing their population to toxic rocket fuel and propellant if it breaks apart above a populated area.
Perhaps this is part of why New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said she believes differences with China have emerged that cannot be reconciled. Most worrying of all, the rocket remains could re-enter as far north as London or New York City — this rocket could land on American soil. Bizarre malfeasance on the part of the Chinese space program… usually civilian space programs do their best to avoid the risk of harm to the public, and usually they communicate with other space agencies.
The trajectory of the falling rocket will only be known with certainty about 6 hours or less before final impact, according to the Guardian report.
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