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.
“China is following closely the upper stage’s reentry into the atmosphere. To my knowledge, the upper stage of this rocket has been deactivated, which means that most of its parts will burn up upon reentry, making the likelihood of damage to aviation or ground facilities and activities extremely low,” he said, according to a translation on the ministry’s website.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters that the U.S. has no intentions of shooting the rocket down adding that he hopes it won’t harm anyone.
“I think this speaks to the fact that for those of us who operate in the space domain, that there is a requirement — there should be a requirement — to operate in a safe— and thoughtful mode, and make sure that we take those kinds of things into —consideration as we plan and conduct operations,” he said.
In conclusion it is expected according to several media sources that the rocket might land in the Sahara of Sudan, and is currently around the middle east north africa area.