Debris From China’s Space Rocket To Fall On Earth

China launched its initial module, Tianhe, of its Tiangong space station on their heaviest rocket which is Long March 5B on April 29, 2021. This past Sunday, on July 24, 2022, the second module for the space station was launched using an identical Long March 5B rocket. An uncontrolled re-entry of the rocket body is anticipated on Sunday, July 31, according to the aerospace Corporation, a non-profit based} organisation based in California.

Well, pieces of the rocket can return down to the urban area, as they did in May 2020. The empty rocket body is currently in an elliptical orbit around the earth from where it’s being dragged toward an uncontrolled re-entry.

The possible debris field covers much of us, Africa, Australia, Brazil, India and Southeast Asia predicted by aerospace Corporation.

The same Long March 5B configuration has been launched twice before, once in May 2020 and once more in May 2021, carrying completely different parts of the Tiangong station. On both occasions, debris from the rocket’s core stage was dropped back on Earth, on the ivory coast and on the Indian ocean.

This latest launch carried the second of three modules to China’s space station. The Wentian lab module which is 17.9m long is the first of 2 labs to join the station. China began constructing the space station in April 2021 with the launch of the Tianhe module, the main living quarters. China hopes Tiangong will be complete by the end of 2022.


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