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South Koreans warned of being hit by debris from an old NASA satellite

South Koreans, who frequently receive mobile alerts about earthquakes and COVID outbreaks, have learned a more unusual but no less dire warning this time. They were told on Monday morning that this time the danger could literally come from the sky – it’s possible that the remains of an old NASA satellite could fall into land.

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Image source: Austin Human/unsplash.com

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Technology issued a nationwide warning, saying: “Some debris from a falling US satellite could crash near the Korean peninsula» Closer to noon. Residents of the country have been urged to exercise caution when leaving their homes.

However, the ministry later released a statement saying the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, which has been in orbit for nearly 40 years, appears to have passed over the Korean peninsula and there is no evidence of damage.

NASA said last week that the 2,450kg satellite is likely to enter the atmosphere on Sunday or Monday, and while most of it should burn up in the atmosphere, it was possible some of the debris would fall back to Earth. NASA said the risk of harming anyone on the planet is “very low”. However, in South Korea, they have decided to use their mass notification system to send out an alert to residents of the country.

Most man-made fragments from space that fall to Earth pose little danger to humans. However, Bloomberg did not fail to stress that exceptions could include cases such as last year’s uncontrolled crash of Chinese rocket stages leading to construction an orbital station were used.

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