According to the reports, the debris or the segment from the large Chinese rocket is being speculated to reach Earth this weekend. There is a giant rocket segment speeding towards us and the place of its landing is not exactly known.
The US announced on Thursday that it was looking for the path of the object, however, they currently don’t have any plans to shoot it down. The object’s uncontrolled re-entry is being tracked by U.S. Space Command.
As per the U.S. Space Command, the location where the debris will land “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry”. However, the organization is speculating for the incident to occur around May 8.
On the other hand, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced on Friday that China’s rocket debris is unlikely to cause any harm. He told that China is closely following the rocket’s reentry, and most of the parts will be burned up on reentry. “The probability of this process causing harm on the ground is extremely low,” Wenbin said.
A Harvard bases astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell commented on the situation, “potentially dangerous debris would 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.” He also stated that based on its current orbit, its highly likely for the debris to fall “somewhere as far north as New York, Madrid or Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, or anywhere in between.”
The debris from the Chinese rocket, falling towards the earth, is the main segment from the Long March 5B vehicle. It was used to launch the first module of China’s new space station last month. It weighs 18 tons, making it one of the largest items in so many years, to enter the Earth’s atmosphere undirected.
The Long March 5B rocket took off from China’s Hainan Island on April 29. It carried the unmanned Tianhe module, which was the first mission out of 11, in order to complete the Chinese space station.