China’s 100-foot (30-meter) large rocket’s core was dropping violently through low levels.world Orbit and can perform uncontrolled backflows through the atmosphere in the coming days, according to news reports.
The core belongs to the Long March 5B rocket (China’s largest model rocket), which successfully launched a module for China’s planned Tianhe space station into orbit on Wednesday (April 28) after the launch. Equipped with a rocket core module, it is expected to perform maneuvers to direct its return to Earth’s atmosphere. According to SpaceNews – However, it did not happen.
Ground-based radar detects a rocket core floating in orbit, swaying between elevations of 106 and 231 miles (170 and 372 km) above the Earth’s surface and traveling at speeds greater than 15,840 mph (25,490 km (25,490 km) above the Earth’s surface. The US Army has set the 2021-035B object and you can track its progress around the world. Here.)
Eventually, dragging the Earth’s atmosphere will pull the rocket’s core out of orbit.However, due to the object’s high speed and variable altitude, it is impossible to predict where or when it will fall to the Earth’s surface. Most cores are likely to burn in the planet’s atmosphere, SpaceNews reports, but there is a chance that some debris will survive reentry and rain falling onto the land or the ocean.
This probably isn’t the first sad time. In May 2020, the Long March 5B rocket surged through the atmosphere, some of which burned as it fell. Live Science previously reported.The core fell mostly into the Atlantic Ocean. But some debris fell into West Africa to follow. South China Morning PostSome debris struck a village in Cote d’Ivoire, although no deaths were reported.
Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astrophysicist and orbital object tracker, noted that the Long March 5B axis was the heaviest object to reverse uncontrolled through the atmosphere in nearly three decades. Before detaching, the core weighed about 19.6 tons (17,800 kilograms) .The last time a heavier object performed an uncontrolled rollback was in 1991 when the 43-ton (39,000 kg) Soviet space station Salyut-7 fell. Came in the atmosphere above the Argentine McDowell. Write on Twitter..
In a recent interview with SpaceNews, McDowell noted that the current orbital floating core has about 7 times more mass than the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. So bright in the sky over Seattle. About a month ago. If the core is reversed at night, it may produce a similar light show.
This is the first of 11 planned launches in connection with the construction of China’s Tianhe space station, or “Heavenly Harmony,” according to SpaceNews. The station is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Originally published in Live Science.