At a speed of 27,600 kilometers per hour, a Chinese missile rages into an “uncontrolled” orbit around the Earth. The chances are high that the spaceship will crash soon, but the big question is where that will happen.
Because China is working on a space station, which should be similar to the International Space Station (ISS), the country is trying to launch the space capsule Heavenly Harmony into orbit. However, after launching the capsule it carried with it, the 30-metre-high Long March 5B rocket itself started to roar in an uncontrolled orbit around the Earth. The Guardian reports that experts report that it looks like the missile is out of control by now.
Impossible to predict
the rocket is now shaving with an emergency flight at about 300 kilometers above the Earth. In the last few days, the danger has already lost about 80 kilometers of altitude. For the time being, it is impossible to predict where and when the Long March 5B will crash. It is expected that the missile weighs about 21 tons.
The incident leads to disapproving reactions. “Since 1990, no object weighing more than 10 tons has entered the atmosphere uncontrollably. It is unacceptable that this missile is now coming in uncontrollably,” says Jonathan McDowell to SpaceNews.
All places located between 40 degrees north and 40 south latitudes are likely to be hit by the crashing capsule. However, there is a high probability that the missile will land in the ocean, since 70 percent of the Earths surface is water.
In history, the debris of a crashed spaceship has never killed anyone.