Posted on: Tuesday 4 May 2021 – 12:17 AM | Last update: Tuesday 4 May 2021 – 12:19 AM
“Spice News” predicted that the missile could fall on the surface of the earth within the next few days. The missile body weighs 21 tons and is 100 feet long and 16 feet wide.
Journalist Andrew Jones, who covers the Chinese space program, said the rocket body will likely return to Earth at some point in the next few days.
The astronomer who tracks objects orbiting the Earth, Jonathan McCoyle, told Andrew Jones: “When a missile object falls from orbit, it may burn in the Earth’s atmosphere, but large pieces of its debris can survive the fall, and most of the planet is oceans.” It is likely that the missile pieces that have fallen will land in them, but they can still threaten populated areas by landing in them. ”
He continued: “I think, according to current standards, that it is unacceptable to allow him to enter (the atmosphere) without control,” according to the Russian Sputnik agency.
It is noteworthy that a pressure tank from a “Falcon 9” missile developed by the “SpaceX” company had previously fallen on a farm in the American capital, Washington, leaving 4 inches in the ground, and no one was injured in the accident, according to what local authorities reported.
A prototype of the space station that China is building also returned to Earth uncontrollably in 2018, falling over the uninhabited South Pacific Ocean.
Last Thursday, China launched the main unit that will become the residence of a crew of three astronauts on a permanent space station that it intends to complete by the end of next year 2022.
The unit, dubbed “Tianhe”, meaning “Harmony of Heavens,” was launched on board the “Long March 5B” missile – Chinas largest missile – from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan.
The unit is one of three major components of what will become the first space station China develops to compete with the International Space Station, which is the only station currently operating in Earth orbit.
The international terminal is supported by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. The United States had prevented China from participating in it, according to “Reuters”.
The media quoted President Xi Jinping, in a speech congratulating the country on this achievement, as saying that Tianhe is “an important pioneering project in building a strong country in technology and in space.”
The launch of the Tianhe module is the first of 11 missions required to complete the construction of the space station, which will orbit the Earth in an orbit at an altitude of 340 to 450 km.
The remaining missions include the launch of two other major units, four manned space ships, and four cargo space ships.