23 tons Long March 5 BWhich transported the Wentian laboratory unit, took off from Hainan Island in the South China Sea on Sunday, and the unit arrived at the Chinese space base the next day. After completing the task The rocket began to descend uncontrollably towards the ground and it is unclear where it will land. This is the third time that China has been accused of mishandling space debris.
– this is Metal body weighing 20 tons. Although it will disintegrate when it enters the atmosphere, many pieces, some very large, will reach the Earth’s surface, said Michael Byers, a professor at the University of British Columbia.
As Byers explained, Space debris poses very little danger to humansBut large parts can cause damage if they land in populated areas. Byers reported that due to the increase in space debris Chances of that increase.
The professor commented: “This risk can be completely avoided as there are now techniques and mission designs that can provide controlled returns (usually to remote areas of the oceans) rather than uncontrolled and therefore completely random returns.
The US Space Command announced that it will follow the path of the remains of the Chinese rocket. Based on changing weather conditions The exact point of its entry into the Earth’s atmosphere cannot be determined yetHowever, it is expected that This will happen around August 1.
In 2020, the core of a Chinese rocket weighing about 20 tons made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, passing through Right above Los Angeles and Central Park in New Yorkbefore finally diving into the Atlantic Ocean.
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