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Space debris is coming down more frequently. What are the chances it could hit someone or damage-

• By Fabian Zander

In the past week alone, we've seen two separate incidents of space debris hurtling back to Earth in unexpected places.

On Saturday there was the uncontrolled re-entry of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket over Malaysia. Yesterday, news outlets reported on some spacecraft parts that turned up in regional New South Wales – now confirmed(opens in new tab) to be from a SpaceX Crew-1 mission.

As the space industry grows, it's safe to say such incidents will only become more frequent – and they could pose a risk. But how much of a risk, exactly?