1972 was the year in which the German national football team first won a game on English soil. The scorers in the 3-1 victory in Wembley were Uli Hoeneß, Günter Netzer and Gerd Müller. In the same year, the Soviet Union also tried to send a probe to Venus – but was less successful. Shortly after the start, the mission proved to be a failure. The landing module and the probe failed to leave earth orbit. It is considered likely that the object is then broken. Some parts burned up in the earth's atmosphere, the rest has been circling the earth ever since. But this will not last forever. Sooner or later, the remaining parts of the Venus probe will reenter the Earth's atmosphere.
Most likely is a fall into the sea
In the best case, they also burn up. But certainly this is by no means. Because the landing module weighed not only 495 kilograms at launch, but was also designed so that an entrance into the atmosphere can be survived unscathed. In this case, at least parts of the cosmos 482 would fall on the earth. Since it is not a deliberate crash, no impact on the crash site could be taken. However, anyone who has taken a closer look at the world map knows that even from a purely mathematical point of view, it is most probable that the probe simply falls into the sea in the event of a fall. This was also the case with the Chinese space station , which crashed unchecked last year.
Space junk is becoming an ever greater problem
Experts estimate the likelihood of harm to a person as very low. Nevertheless, the situation points to a fundamental problem: In the course of human space history, a great deal of scrap has accumulated in space. This will not disappear by itself, as the example of the 1972 Soviet Venus probe shows. However, there are already some ideas how at least larger parts could be collected – for example with a kind of harpoon or a net . In principle, it would also make sense to produce less waste in the future. However, this should not be so easy, because the number of satellites and probes has increased massively in recent years.