Don’t panic about the Chinese space junk crash this weekend

A huge Chinese rocket body is expected to fall to Earth this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you should scurry into a bunker.

The doomed hunk of space junk is the core stage of the Long March 5B rocket that launched a module to China’s Tiangong space station last Sunday (July 24). The latest predictions have the 25-ton (22.5 metric tons) booster coming down on Saturday evening (July 30), though there’s a pretty big margin of error in such estimates: plus or minus 16 hours at this point.

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