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‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry
The Guardian ^ | 3 May 2021 | Staff

Posted on 05/04/2021 8:23:35 AM PDT by Rummyfan

Part of a huge rocket that launched China’s first module for its Tianhe space station is falling back to Earth and could make an uncontrolled re-entry at an unknown landing point.

The 30-metre high core of the Long March 5B rocket launched the “Heavenly Harmony” unmanned core module into low Earth orbit on 29 April from Wenchang in China’s Hainan province.

The Long March 5B then itself entered a temporary orbit, setting the stage for one of the largest ever uncontrolled re-entries. Some experts fear it could land on an inhabited area.

China launches first module of new space station Read more “It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University.

“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast,” he said.

“Most of it burned up, but there were these enormous pieces of metal that hit the ground. We are very lucky no one was hurt.”

On Tuesday the core was orbiting Earth around every 90 minutes at about 27,600km/h and an altitude of more than 300km. The US military has named it 2021-035B and its path can be seen on websites including orbit.ing-now.com.

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IN AMERICA, YOU VISIT SPACE STATION. In Communist China, SPACE STATION VISITS YOU!

1 posted on 05/04/2021 8:23:35 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

Wonder if the Russians would be so inclined to cozy up the Chi-coms if that booster rocket landed in Moscow.


2 posted on 05/04/2021 8:25:17 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Rummyfan

It will survive in thousands of mostly intact pieces.


3 posted on 05/04/2021 8:27:22 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Rummyfan

Mecca?


4 posted on 05/04/2021 8:28:59 AM PDT by Reno89519 (Buy American, Hire American! End All Worker Visa Programs. Replace Visa Workers w/ American Wo)
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To: Texas Eagle

And you don’t think NASA knows where this is going ?

Of course they do. Public again be kept in the dark.


5 posted on 05/04/2021 8:30:02 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: Rummyfan

I’d kick-in $5 if it hits Filthadelphia.


6 posted on 05/04/2021 8:32:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit..)
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To: Rummyfan

It’s not “out of control”. It’s simply obeying Newton. If it falls on a major city in China the CCP won’t care. They don’t enter such things into their calculations at all.


7 posted on 05/04/2021 8:36:30 AM PDT by Seruzawa (The political Left is the Garden of Eden of Incompetence - Marx the Smarter (Groucho))
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To: Texas Eagle

The last one hit a city in Africa causing damage.

But the media did not make a big deal out of it.

This one will be the same. The media will cover for their Chinese masters.


8 posted on 05/04/2021 8:37:07 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (We are being played by forces most do not understand)
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To: Rummyfan

The Chinese have never cared about waste or pollution. That’s a western concern.


9 posted on 05/04/2021 8:38:36 AM PDT by lurk ( )
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To: George from New England

And you don’t think NASA knows where this is going ?

To many variables to predict its landing once it de-orbits, hits the earth atmosphere in an uncontrolled manner, and begins to burn up.

On the plus side, there is a a 70% chance it won’t hit anything, because 70% of the Earth is covered with water.


10 posted on 05/04/2021 8:40:07 AM PDT by Flick Lives (“Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives.”)
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RE: Mecca?

I first thought DC when all the vaunted and revered Dem comrades assemble to praise the Dear Leader Biden, all in one place at the same time. Such tragedy. Such pathos.


11 posted on 05/04/2021 8:45:04 AM PDT by frank ballenger (End vote fraud, harvesting,non-citizen voting & leftist media news censorship or we are finished.)
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To: Flick Lives

But... but... my boat...


12 posted on 05/04/2021 8:48:01 AM PDT by AloneInMass (You'd think there would be more similarity between "chain letter" and "chain mail".)
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To: Erik Latranyi

“The last one hit a city in Africa causing damage.”

interesting. How were they able to determine that it damaged something?


13 posted on 05/04/2021 8:53:15 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. .... )
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To: Rummyfan

Airline pilots keeping eyes wide open.


14 posted on 05/04/2021 8:53:28 AM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacIQ of chimpsted the most.)
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Twould be terrible if it fell on a certain house in Chappaqua


15 posted on 05/04/2021 8:59:34 AM PDT by South Dakota (Patriotism is the new terrorism)
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Based on its current orbit the rocket is passing over Earth as far north as New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, and could make its re-entry at any point within this area.

I'm sort of north of NYC so I guess the liklihood of dying from this long march is slim.

16 posted on 05/04/2021 9:03:13 AM PDT by xp38
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>> On the plus side, there is a a 70% chance it won’t hit anything, because 70% of the Earth is covered with water.

> But... but... my boat...

Nobody cares about your boat. But the whales!! SAVE THE WHALES!!!

17 posted on 05/04/2021 9:05:25 AM PDT by dayglored ("Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.")
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But... but... my boat...

If that CCP spacecraft de-orbits near your Boston Whaler, I'd complain to the Harbor Master.

18 posted on 05/04/2021 9:25:33 AM PDT by Flick Lives (“Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives.”)
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To: Rummyfan

Experts fear? I want facts from experts not emotions. We have plenty of things to be scared about without experts coming up with more. If they are so smart they should have an approximate location of where it will crash rather than some vague fear. We have been ruled by fear for 5 years.


19 posted on 05/04/2021 9:27:00 AM PDT by webheart (I already had COVID disease and 2 vaccine shots Can I take the mask off now?)
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To: Rummyfan

Chinese quality.

And now we’re supposed to trust them putting 13,000 internet satellites in orbit with nothing going wrong??


20 posted on 05/04/2021 9:36:37 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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