China’s space rocket will fall to Earth, this is what is worried
Windowofworld.com – The Chinese space rocket carrying the module to make the space station fall back to Earth at breakneck speed, it is feared that the 30 meter long rocket fell into populated areas.
The Long March 5B rocket was launched with the Tianhe core module on Thursday April 29, 2021 as part of Beijing’s mission to build its first permanent space station. This is the first phase of 11 missions to build a space station manned by three astronauts.
The 30 meter long rocket is expected to enter Earth next week, although it is not known where it will fall. The rocket body moves at high speed, orbiting the Earth roughly every 90 minutes which means it could fall anywhere. Its orbital tilt of 41.5 degrees means the rocket is moving north of New York, Madrid and Beijing.
It is possible that the Chinese space rocket will land in an ocean or an uninhabited area. But there is still a risk if the rocket falls into inhabited territory.
As is known, the Tianhe module was brought into orbit by a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan on April 29, 2021.
Beijing is planning 10 more launches to deliver two modules, four cargo supply deliveries and four crewed missions.
China’s space station is designed to last for more than 10 years and will be much smaller than the International Space Station (ISS).
Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard University astrophysicist, compared the Long March 5B comeback with previous occurrences of massive debris returning to Earth. This includes NASA’s Skylab, which fell back to Earth uncontrollably 42 years ago.
“Until now there is no new data on Tianhe that can indicate where it is likely to fall,” he said.