We didn’t think 2021 could get any more scary…
…but we were wrong! China launched the first module of their planned space station exactly a week ago today, but the launch came with some unforeseen circumstances. Debris from the Long March 5B is currently making an uncontrolled trip back to Earth. At about 30 meters, it’s one of the largest objects to do so.
According to the US State Department, the rocket is supposed to reach Earth this Saturday but the exact location won’t be known until a few hours before impact.
The Pentagon has said it is tracking a large Chinese rocket that is out of control and set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, raising concerns about where its debris may make impact https://t.co/ePMT0ULPMd— CNN (@CNN) May 5, 2021
It’s not the first time something like this happened, though
Jonathan McDowell, an Astrophysicist at Harvard commented on the situation saying:
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. 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.
The US is currently tracking the rocket under the name 2021-035B, and you can watch it’s journey live (click HERE).