Chinese rocket debris likely to crash into Earth this weekend
Debris from a large Chinese rocket is going to hit the earth surface soon, according to a CNN report. The ‘out of control’ debris will enter the earth’s atmosphere this weekend but since space debris has, on previous occasions too, hit the earth’s surface without posing a threat to life or safety, according to the report.
Most debris burns up in the earth’s atmosphere before having the chance to crash into its surface but at times, pieces of a large object may hit the earth. The most recent example of this is when last year, a large piece of uncontrolled space debris passed directly over Los Angeles and Central Park in New York City before landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Long March 5B blasted off from Hainan island on April 29 carrying the “Tianhe” module that contains what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent Chinese space station. Its point of re-entry remains unclear but the Global Times, a tabloid published by the official People’s Daily, described reports that the rocket is “out of control” and could cause damage as “Western hype.”
Harvard-based astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell said potentially dangerous debris will likely escape incineration after streaking through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed but in all likelihood would fall into the sea, given that 70% of the world is covered by ocean.