Chinese rocket weighing 21,000 kilograms loses control and crashes into Earth within days The Long March 5B rocket launched by China last Thursday crashed into the ground. Even big cities like New York, Madrid, and Beijing are in the area where the rocket is likely to fall. Scientists expect the bulk of the 100-foot-long, 16-foot-wide giant rocket, which will hit 6.40 kilometers per second, to burn up before it hits Earth.
The return of the Chinese rocket was warned by astronomer Jonathan McDowell, who observes objects orbiting the Earth. He also calculates the areas where the rocket could land on the current trajectory. According to Jonathan McDowell, the rocket could reach as far north as major cities such as New York, Madrid, and Beijing, and as far south as New Zealand and Chile. Large populated cities, sparsely populated areas, and oceans are within range of this area.
China will launch the Long March 5B rocket at 11.23 am local time last Thursday. The rocket was launched with the first stage of a space station built by China. The first stage is called Tianhe, which means unity in heaven. China’s space station is called the Palace of Heaven or Tiankong. The space station, which is expected to be completed by 2022, will have accommodation for three passengers at a time.
When completed, the Chinese space station is expected to weigh about one million kilograms. The International Space Station weighs more than four times that. China’s dream is to become a space power by 2030 that can stand with the United States, Russia, and Europe. They see the construction of the space station as an important step towards this.
The construction of the space station is also a tribute to China and other major powers, including the United States. When the International Space Station (ISS) was established in 1998, the United States was unwilling to join China. NASA (US), Roscosmos (Russia), Jaxa (Japan), European Space Agency, and CSA (Canada) are the space agencies’ partners in the International Space Station. The construction of the ISS took ten years to complete in about 30 missions.
Having its own space station is a dream come true for China. But it would be a great shame if the very first rocket launched to set up the space station landed in a populated area. The world is wondering where the out-of-control Chinese rocket will land on Earth.