The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) followed the rocket after reports that the body of the rocket carrying the first module that China sent for the space station was out of control.
Of china space station that the body of the rocket carrying the first module was out of control. the newsThe US Department of Defense (Pentagon) followed the rocket.
The Pentagon announced that it expects the wreckage of a large rocket launched by China last week to crash into the world over the weekend.
The European Space Agency also announced that the debris could fall between the 41st north and south latitudes.
Many cities in Turkey are also listed among the countries at risk.
In a statement made on the official website of the Pentagon’s Space Command, it was stated that the 18th Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Los Angeles was tracking the Long March 5B rocket. The fleet tracks the wreckage of more than 27,000 rockets in space, most of them in low orbit.
In the statement made, it was announced that the 18th Space Control Fleet will share up-to-date information on space-track.org.
However, Space Command noted that it is not known where the wreck will land on the earth.
‘High probability of falling into the ocean’
Reuters news Speaking to the agency, astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said that the wreck of the rocket, which has the potential to create danger, will survive the burning of the atmosphere, but it will most likely fall into the ocean.
Jonathan McDowell also recalled that in May 2020, the wreckage of another Long March 5B rocket crashed into Ivory Coast and damaged several buildings. No one was killed or injured in the incident.
There is also a possibility that the wreckage of the rocket could fall into a residential area, according to McDowell.
The Global Times newspaper, one of the official media outlets of China, stated that the rocket is out of control. the newshe called it “a Western fabrication”, stating that there is no need to panic.
Launched on April 29
China launched the Long March 5B rocket from Hainan Island on April 29 to carry the Tianhe core module into space.
After the launch, the Tianhi module disconnected from the rocket and entered its planned orbit.
China Space station Tianhe sent to space within the scope of his project; spacecraft with a length of 16.6 meters, a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters and a take-off mass of 22.5 tons.
The module will be the primary habitat for astronauts in approximately 6 months of space visits.