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‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket has landed in the Indian Ocean From “World News”



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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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‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket tumbling to Earth — Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown, after launching space station hub : worldnews From “World News”



Being a Chinese astronaught would really add a whole new level of fear for the task.Its one thing to be going up into space, leaving behind the solid ground you’ve grown on, but to do so in Chinese technology – that would truly be an act of throwing yourself to the wind… just like this rocket…







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‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry | Space From “World news | The Guardian”



Part of a huge rocket that launched China’s first module for its Tianhe space station is falling back to Earth and could make an uncontrolled re-entry at an unknown landing point.The 30-metre high core of the Long March 5B rocket launched the “Heavenly Harmony” unmanned core module into low Earth orbit on 29 April from Wenchang in China’s Hainan province.The Long March 5B then itself entered a temporary orbit, setting the stage for one of the largest ever uncontrolled re-entries. Some experts fear it could land on an inhabited area.“It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University.“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast,” he said.“Most of it burned up, but there were these enormous pieces of metal that hit the ground. We are very lucky no one was hurt.”On Tuesday the core was orbiting Earth around every 90 minutes at about 27,600km/h and an altitude of more than 300km. The US military has named it 2021-035B and its path can be seen on websites including orbit.ing-now.com.Heavenly Harmony: China launches first module of new space station – videoSince the weekend it has dropped nearly 80km in altitude and SpaceNews reported that amateur ground observations showed it was tumbling and not under control. This, and its speed, makes it impossible to predict where it will land when Earth’s atmosphere eventually drags it down, though McDowell said the most likely outcome is that it will fall into the sea, as the ocean covers about 71% of the planet.But McDowell says some pieces of the rocket will survive re-entry and that it would be the “equivalent of a small plane crash scattered over 100 miles”.Since 1990 nothing over 10 tonnes has been deliberately left in orbit to re-enter uncontrolled. The Long March 5B core stage is thought to be about 21 tonnes.“What’s bad is that it’s really negligent on China’s part. Things more than ten tonnes we don’t let them fall out of the sky uncontrolled deliberately,” McDowell said.Based on its current orbit the rocket is passing over Earth as far north as New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, and could make its re-entry at any point within this area.Given its velocity, a small change in its path could make a big difference to where it ends up. It’s expected to return to Earth on 10 May, plus or minus two days.McDowell said once it’s clear the day it is returning to Earth, experts could predict its landing time within a six-hour window.The rocket’s launch was part of 11 planned missions as part of the construction of China’s space station, which is expected to be completed in late 2022. The T-shaped space station is expected to weigh about 60 tonnes, considerably smaller than the International Space Station, which launched its first module in 1998 and weighs about 408 tonnes.China’s space station will have a docking port and will also be able to connect with a Chinese satellite. Theoretically it could be expanded to as many as six modules.







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