China has lost control of its Long March-5B rocket into space. The 22-ton rocket will hit Earth in a few days. However, scientists have not yet figured out where the rocket will land. The rocket could land anywhere on Earth, it said. The U.S. Space Force said they were tracking the rocket.
U.S. Space Forces Command reportedly expects an out-of-control Chinese space rocket to crash into the earth over the weekend and continues to follow its trajectory.
The out-of-control launch of a Chinese Long March 5B rocket has alarmed the world.
Mice Howard, a Pentagon spokesman, said they expect the rocket to land on May 8 and that the rocket’s trajectory is being tracked by the U.S. Space Forces.
Howard said that while they do not currently know exactly where the rocket’s remains will fall to earth, this could be predicted hours before the rocket lands on Earth.
China used the rocket last week to launch parts of its own space stations.
Some of the parts were reported to have burned up in the atmosphere after the rocket spun out of control, while some parts of the 22-tonne rocket are feared to have fallen into residential areas.
Beijing’s government has remained silent on reports that the Long March 5B rocket carrying the Chinese Space Station’s core module into orbit is out of control and is expected to land on Earth over the weekend.
Chinese media did not report on the U.S. Space Forces Command’s statement on the out-of-control rocket, but officials did not provide details.
Some of the massive rocket was reported to have burned up in the atmosphere after it spun out of control. It is feared that parts of the rocket that remain intact could fall into residential areas.
The Long March-5B rocket was launched into space on April 29 to carry the First Part of the Chinese Space Station and its core module Tienhı (Harmony of the Sky) into space.
After launch, the Tianhı module separated from the rocket and entered its planned orbit.
The rocket’s main hull was also supposed to land at a pre-planned point on Earth.
Chinese Premier Li Popoiang and government officials watched the launch from a center in the capital, Beijing, while Chinese President Shi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to staff at the Buzzang Satellite Launch Center.
The space shuttle Tiengong-1 (Sky Palace), which China launched into orbit on September 29, 2011, completed its mission in 2016.
When the shuttle landed on Earth in 2018, it spun out of control and entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Sky Palace-1, heading towards the South Pacific, was largely disintegrated in the atmosphere.