Sky Junk a Common Sight


Chinese sky junk has been the belle of the ball on social media the last week with plenty of Basin residents posting their pictures of the pieces of flaming Chinese rocket that streaked across the sky on July 29th. The rocket was originally launched on June 25th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in China on what was called a “technology demonstration mission.” With sky junk a new topic of public concern, NASA has explained that the reentry of rocket bodies and debris is not at all uncommon although most pieces burn up before reaching the ground. In fact, according to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, as of July 5th, there was a total of 17,729 payloads and rocket debris in orbit.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.