Massive Chinese rocket in “uncontrolled descent”

After the Chinese rocket "Long March 5B" brought a module to the new space station, it slowly leaves orbit and falls back to Earth uncontrolled. According to the report, the impact is expected to occur on Sunday. However, it is not yet clear where the impact site will be.

China's largest rocket, Massive Chinese rocket in “uncontrolled descent”

China’s largest rocket, the Long March 5B, which carried the Wentian laboratory module to the new space station, is expected to leave orbit and fall back to Earth.

The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital Reentry and Debris Studies (CORDS) said the Long March 5B would plunge uncontrollably into Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday.

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The map posted on Twitter illustrates the possible crash sites. The map shows the forecast window where the rocket could land along the blue or yellow paths. Quite a large area, north and south of the equator.

CORDS reports, “We estimate, based on previous experience, that between four, five, and nine tons, depending on the configuration, will survive re-entry.”

If it comes down, it will undoubtedly exceed the 1:10,000 threshold (risk of injury to humans on Earth), which is a generally accepted benchmark,” Ted Muelhaupt of the Aerospace Corporation said at a news conference Wednesday.

Two years ago, parts of one such rocket already crashed (see tweet above) – and landed in a village on Ivory Coast.

In 2021, missile parts fell into the Indian Ocean. And according to one expert, the rocket is crashing faster than the last due to higher solar activity.

Nevertheless, a prediction regarding the possible crash site remains very difficult. According to the expert, the highest probability is in the areas along the two yellow lines.

The greatest danger in Europe is for the strip from Portugal through Spain and Italy to the Balkans. The Black Sea coast of Turkey is also included. On the other hand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are not at risk.