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PHOTO China's Long March 5B Rocket's debris will be crashing down to earth this weekend. (via CBS)

UPDATE:

10.30am (Thai Time) Trackers have confirmed that the debris has splashed down somewhere west of The Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

9.30am (Thai Time)

The Chinese Long March 5B carrier rocket should land in this area… 72.47°E longitude and 2.65°N latitude, just west of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. That’s according to China’s National Space Agency.

“Most of the rocket was “destroyed” on re-entry to the atmosphere.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Long March 5B rocket left the Earth on April 29th, launching from Hainan island in China.

The launch was the first part of an 11 part mission to construct China’s own space station in Earth orbit. The Long March 5B rocket was carrying an unmanned Tianhe module as its payload, the first part of many to be constructed together in space. When attached as part of a permanent Chinese space station, it will serve as living quarters for future astronauts.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson reassured that China is monitoring the rocket’s journey very closely and that most parts of the spacecraft would burn up on re-entry. Any debris looks likely to land in international oceans, and the chances of damage being done on dry land is considered to be extremely low.

The US military announced earlier in the week that the rocket would be tracked by US Space Command, calling it an uncontrolled re-entry. Statistically speaking, the debris is most likely to fall into an ocean somewhere as the Earth is 70% covered by water.

As the rocket tears at hypersonic speed into the Earth’s atmosphere, most debris would be quickly incinerated by the heat generated from the re-entry. But another Chinese Long March 5B rocket fell to Earth last year in May 2020 and some parts did hit land, doing damage to some buildings in the Ivory Coast.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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8 Comments

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Need a re-entry permit for that mate

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    Gosport

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Amazing science.

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    James

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    The Foreign Ministry spokesperson reassured that China is monitoring The rocket’s journey very closely

    Edit..the* rocket’s

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    if they want to deliberately drop big bits of metal out of the sky they should make sure the trash lands on their own territory. perhaps someplace near the spratleys or taiwan would be more appropriate.

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    Nigel

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    I assume if it lands in international waters then all is well (assuming no unfortunate boat is in the area). However, if it lands on a country then I assume they can claim damages from China for the disruption to the country and the cost of cleaning up the mess they have caused. Surely that’s only fair and reasonable. Same with Covid. I’m sure China will be setting up a multi-trillion dollar compensation package to pay to the rest of the world……

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    Gosport

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    @Nigel, you are running out of your money on Beer Laos? even waiting for free money for jab?

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    mac

    Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    and no one notice….on late March, the several-ton second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket broke up uncontrol over the Pacific Northwest and dumped debris on Washington State.

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    Slugger

    Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:38 am

    @Nigel – What if it started in Fort Detrick? Wii the Americans be paying compensation?

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