On April 29, a Chinese Rocket called the Long March 5B was launched. However, the rocket is now uncontrollable and will crash land back on earth this weekend at any moment, but where?
The Long March 5B was launched on April 29 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China. The rocket’s mission included carrying into orbit a module containing living quarters for a future Chinese space station.
Nonetheless, after the rocket completed the task, the company failed to control the rocket, and the large 98 feet long and 16.5 feet weighing around 21 metric tons piece of space junk will land on earth.
In a tweet on Friday, The Aerospace Corporation said that its predictions state that the rocket will land on Sunday morning GMT. The corporation added that the area near the north island of New Zealand is a possible reentry point. However, the rocket might still fall at any place in the world.
Chinese governement comments on the uncontrollable rocket
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a press conference Friday that it was “common practice” across the world for the upper stages of rockets to burn up while reentering the atmosphere.