An out of control Chinese missile falls to the ground within days


An out of control Chinese missile falls to the ground within days

Tuesday – 22 Ramadan 1442 AH – 04 May 2021 AD

“Long March 5B” missile during launch (AP)

Beijing: “Middle East Online”

It is possible that a huge Chinese missile, launched into space last Thursday, will fall to Earth while returning in the coming days, after leaving it in Earth orbit without control or identification of the spot in which it is supposed to fall.
According to the British newspaper, The Independent, the “Long March 5B” missile, which has a length of 30 meters and weighs 21 tons, was carrying the central capsule to build the new space station that China is building.
The missile was launched into low Earth orbit and left to orbit the Earth uncontrollably instead of determining where it is supposed to land.
Experts say that most missiles do not reach the speed that would take them into Earth orbit, and usually enter the atmosphere and land in a known return zone.
As for this Chinese missile, it orbits the Earth every 90 minutes and passes north of New York, Madrid and Beijing, and as far south as Chile and Wellington, New Zealand.
The missile is expected to fall anywhere within this range.
Experts explained that there are parts of the missile that will burn during its return, while some of the materials that make up the missile are heat-resistant, such as stainless steel or titanium tanks.
They added that any debris that did not burn when the missile returned could potentially pose a threat to people and property.
Space flight observer Jonathan McDowell said the size of the missile meant that when it returned to Earth, it would be “out of control.”
“I think by current standards, leaving the missile to orbit around the Earth uncontrollably is unacceptable,” he added. Since 1990, no missile weighing more than 10 tons has been left in Earth orbit uncontrolled.
China aims to complete construction of its new “Tiangong” space station by 2022.
This station will be the second permanent base in space after the International Space Station. If the International Space Station stops its service as scheduled in 2024, China will become the only country to operate a space station.


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