Why don’t more people get hit by falling space debris?

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU DIDN’T GET clobbered by China’s Tiangong-1 space station when it fell to Earth on April 1. The not-so-good news is that there’s a lot more space junk where that came from. All the same, you can take off your hard hat, because your odds of

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