A component weighing more than 20 tons is in a descending channel, uncontrolled, and there is concern that it may crash in an inhabited area between New York and New Zealand.
The rocket used by China to launch its space station is a downward path toward the earth and may hit densely populated areas. The module is more than 30 meters high and weighs 20 tons. It is likely to fall into the sea, but the unstable trajectory it presents makes people worry that it may fall to the north, New York or farther. Arrive in a residential area.
The rocket was used to launch the first Tianhe module, which is China’s initiative to build its own space station in space and is expected to re-enter the Earth from May 9th to 10th. The scientific community is monitoring CZ-5B (the name of the rocket), and it appears that Chinese space officials are not performing the controlled “orbit” maneuvers that are customary for return. vice.
This situation is not unprecedented, because since its debut in May 2020, CZ-5B has re-entered in an uncontrolled manner. Fortunately, traces were collected in villages near the Ivory Coast, but fortunately no casualties were caused.At that time, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (Jim Bridenstine) Space news “It looks like a successful launch until we start to receive information about the return of rocket fragments again in a very dangerous way. It flew over the population center and re-entered the atmosphere. It could be dangerous. We were lucky because it clearly did not cause some damages”. Also a few weeks ago, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket entered the Washington State area uncontrollably. However, the Chinese component is 7 times larger than the SpaceX module, which naturally attracted more attention.
George Dvorsky of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has issued a critical voice against the Chinese: “They weigh more than 20 tons. In other parts of the world, there have been more than 30 years of practice. Don’t leave such a large object (or even less than half its size) in orbit without a controlled “desorbent.”
The record of this practice belongs to the United States, but it can be traced back to 1979, when the 79-ton Skylab station crashed due to traces between the Indian Ocean and Australia.