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Anticipation is still master of the situation regarding the out of control fate of the Chinese "Long March 5B" missile. The latest estimates indicate that it may fall on Saturday or Sunday, returning to the ground, with the risk of colliding with a populated area. The US Defense Secretary said that his country is tracking the missile’s path, denying Washington’s intention to intervene to drop its remnants, which is almost impossible to predict the point of entry into the atmosphere and thus the point of its fall. </p><div> <p>China confirmed to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Weinbin that most of the wreckage <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/آسيا/20210429-الصين-تطلق-وحدة-تيانهي-الأساسية-لمحطّتها-الفضائية" rel="noopener"><strong>Chinese "Long March 5B"</strong></a>, Which is out of control and expected to fall into an unknown location on the ground, will burn on entering the atmosphere and is extremely unlikely to cause any harm.
On the other hand, the US Department of Defense said that it is tracking the path of the missile, which is supposed to uncontrollably enter the atmosphere at the end of this week with the risk of it falling in a populated area.
The Chinese newspaper Global Times reported on Wednesday that the debris of the “Long March 5B” missile, which sent part of a prospective space station into orbit last week, will likely fall into international waters, amid fears that it will cause damage when it re-enters the atmosphere. To the ground.
For his part, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “was informed of the matter and knows that the space command is literally tracking this missile debris.”
On Thursday, China launched the first components of its space station (CSS) with a “Long March 5B” missile (Long March 5B). During the next few days, the body of this missile will land at an unspecified location.
“It is almost the body of the missile, if I understand it correctly. It is almost intact,” Kirby said, explaining that the return of the missile to the atmosphere is expected “around Saturday.”
After the station’s space unit separated, the rocket began to orbit the planet in an irregular path, with its gradual decline, making it nearly impossible to predict its entry point into the atmosphere and thus its fall point. It may disintegrate upon entering the atmosphere, leaving debris.
But if the missile remains complete, there is a high probability that it will fall into a sea, since water covers seventy percent of the Earth’s surface. But this is not certain. It can crash in a populated area or on a ship.
Asked about the possibility of destroying it if populated areas were threatened, a Pentagon spokesman said it was “too early” to say so.
“We are watching and following him as closely as possible (…), but it is too early to know where he will go and if there is anything that can be done,” Kirby said.
This is not the first time that China has lost control of a spacecraft upon its return to Earth. In April 2018, the Tiangong-1 space laboratory disintegrated upon its return to the atmosphere, two years after it was out of service.
France 24 / AFP / Reuters