The report states that the large core of a Chinese rocket used last week in the space station’s first leg launch is expected to return to Earth’s atmosphere on May 6.
SpaceNews, citing early tracking forecasts, reported Tuesday that a spokesperson from the U.S. Department of Defense said the agency was aware of the rocket and was monitoring its location. “But the exact point of entry into the atmosphere could not be determined until within hours. Again, which is expected around May 8 ”
The statement said the department would continue to provide updates.
SpaceNews previously reported that the Long March 5B̵7;s core will return to Earth next week as one of the “The largest case of uncontrolled and possibly unregulated spacecraft landing in inhabited areas”
This is what happened a while ago.
The site estimates that about 100 feet of the object orbits the Earth every 90 minutes and moves north of New York, Beijing and as far south as New Zealand.
The report states that despite the threat But it is more likely to splash in one of the world’s oceans or in isolated areas.
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Spaceflight observer Jonathan McDowell told the website that since the 1990s, no specimen of any spacecraft weighing more than 10 tons has “been intentionally left in orbit to return to uncontrolled”.
The report says that the core of the rocket, when empty, has a mass of about 21 metric tons (you can track the rocket here).
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“It might not be good,” McDowell said, according to The Guardian. “The last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket, they ended up with huge long rods flying through the sky and damaging many buildings in Ivory Coast.”