It’s kind of a donkey ride, but with a piece of space junk about 21 tons and the earth as a game board. No one knows exactly when and where part of the 30-meter-high Chinese rocket that was launched at the end of last month will land. While China thinks there is a lot of panic about anything, space experts worry about the country’s apparent nonchalance with big space ambitions.
According to astronomers, the part of the so-called Long March 5B rocket most likely to crash this weekend is one of the largest space debris to return to Earth unchecked in about three decades.
News magazine from the opposite space News Holger Krag, head of the security program at European space agency ESA, said it was difficult to predict how much of the current launcher will burn in the atmosphere on its way to Earth. “But normally 20 to 40 percent is left,” he says.
Heat resistant materials, such as fuel tanks, in particular have a chance of surviving the draft on the earth’s surface. Possible crash location? As north as New York, as south as Sydney and everything.
The area where parts of the missile can be found: