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Tumbling Chinese Rocket Long March 5B Expected To Re-Enter Atmosphere May 8 From “NDTV News – World-news”



Pentagon said it expects Chinese rocket to fall out of orbit and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on May 8The Pentagon said it expects a tumbling Chinese rocket to fall out of orbit and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday, though officials say it’s too early to predict where any debris will land.Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is being briefed regularly about the trajectory of the Long March 5B rocket core, which successfully put a portion of China’s first space station into orbit last month, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday. Yet while the rocket is being monitored by U.S. Space Command, Kirby said there’s little the military can do about it at this point.”We don’t have enough fidelity of information right now about re-entry and what that is going to look like to speak to specific actions one way or another,” Kirby said. “We’re just too far out right now to begin to speculate about what possibly could be in the offing here.”The military’s 18th Space Control Squadron started posting daily updates on the rocket’s location on www.space-track.org this week.China is ready to work with other countries on safety issues related to space, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular briefing Thursday in Beijing when asked about the rocket.Unlike most first-stage launch vehicles, which typically send their payloads into orbit and immediately fall back to Earth in a pre-planned area, the Chinese rocket carrying the space station module also went into orbit and some analysts think it is now tumbling.The problem of space debris has been escalating as nations and private companies accelerate the deployment of miniature and low-Earth satellites. In most cases, satellites and space debris that re-enter the atmosphere tend to burn up before striking Earth or are directed so they crash in the ocean, far from land.But not always.America’s first space station, Space Lab, re-entered the atmosphere in July 1979, with some pieces falling into Western Australia. No one was hurt.China drew criticism from then-NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine last year when debris from another Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere. Citing local reports, SpaceNews said at the time that pieces of debris as long as 12 meters (39 feet) landed in Cote d’Ivoire.Asked about the Long March’s re-entry on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. wants to work with other space-faring nations to promote “responsible space behaviors.””It’s in the shared interests of all nations to act responsibly in space, to ensure the safety, stability, security and long term sustainability of outer space activities,” Psaki said. “We’re going to work with our international partners on that, and certainly addressing this is — is something we’ll do through those channels.”(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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US Tracking China’s Out-Of-Control Rocket Set To Re-Enter Earth’s Atmosphere From “NDTV News – World-news”



Chinese Long March 5B-rocket is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere around May 8.Washington: The US Department of Defence has said it is tracking the Chinese Long March 5B-rocket that is out of control and set to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend.The Chinese rocket is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere around May 8 and US Space Command is tracking the rocket’s trajectory amid concerns about where its debris may make an impact, CNN reported.”US Space Command is aware of and tracking the location of the Chinese Long March 5B in space, but its exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its re-entry, which is expected around May 8,” Pentagon’s US Space Command said in a statement.”Until then, the 18th Space Control Squadron will be offering daily updates to the rocket body’s location on Space-track.org beginning May 4. USSPACECOM will provide additional information as it becomes available,” it added.The roughly 100-foot object is orbiting Earth every 90 minutes and zips past north of New York, Beijing and as far south as New Zealand, Fox News reported citing a space monitoring website.The report said that despite the threat it is most likely to splash in one of the world’s oceans or in an isolated area.”I don’t think people should take precautions. The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen — but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis,” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told CNN.This comes a time when several experts in the West have raised concerns about the clandestine ambitions behind the construction of the Chinese station and triggering of a new ”space race”.A recently-released intelligence report by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence on global threats said that China will continue to integrate space services–such as satellite reconnaissance and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT)–and satellite communications into its weapons and command-and-control systems to erode the US military’s information advantage. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Pentagon tracking out-of-control Chinese rocket that could reenter Earth’s atmosphere : worldnews From “World News”



Yeah, because if you wanted to unleash a disease on the world, you would place a sample of it on a rocket, launch it into space, hope it survives re-entry, and then just hope it land somewhere other than the majority of ocean the planet is made of, and that some idiot will go licking it before whatever virus’s lifespan is naturally over.Fuck, please tell me you’re not really this dense and that I’m missing some thick sarcasm.







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