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NewsThe odds of being crushed by a rocket has people talking Pin
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It is very difficult to predict (or control) the crash point of a satellite, so they generally fall at random points along their orbital track.

Unless there is a good reason to do otherwise, launches are preferably toward the East from as close to the equator as possible, into low-inclination orbits (close to the equatorial plane). This gives an extra boost to the rocket due to the Earth's rotation.

Looking at an atlas, most of the area of the tropics is water - the Pacific and the Indian oceans. The exceptions are equatorial Africa and South America, neither of which are very heavily populated.

Note that there was a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite (Kosmos 954) that crashed into Canada about 45 years ago. The Russians still owe money for the cleanup operation; good luck collecting...
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NewsLinux 6.0 arrives with performance improvements and more Rust coming Pin
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