On Sunday, July 24, China launched a Long March 5B carrier rocket into space from Wenchang in the southern island province of Hainan. It carried a new solar-powered laboratory to be added to the Tiangong Space Station.
however, The Asian country has warned that these debris will fall on the surface of the earth. The problem is, no one knows where, according to experts, the impact will be at its highest speed.
After the recent launch in China, the remnants of the rocket core will gather Do not burn when entering the atmosphere and impact against Earth.
The Washington Post reported that scientists say the probability of such events occurring is low. However, the possibility has not been ruled out. In fact, they mention it themselves China is taking unnecessary risks.
This is because the country already has two similar missiles. In the case of the Long March, “it separated from its first stage in orbit at 23 tons,” says the aforementioned paper.
According to experts, this means that As the artifact orbits Earth, it becomes difficult to follow its trajectory and know where it will land.
China and space debris
Bill Nelson, the NASA administrator, noted that China “is not meeting responsible standards regarding its space debris.”
The Asian country has denied the allegations. Also, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the chances of damage are “extremely low”.
Additionally, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics, said on his Twitter account that he hoped China would develop a design without risk.
Even the authors of the paper, published in the journal ‘Nature Astronomy’, stated: “Today’s launch vehicles have access to technologies and mission designs that eliminate the need for most uncontrolled re-entries.”
On the other hand, there are scientists who think that the probabilities are very low and there is no need to change the design.
Despite all that, and according to many successes in space flight, President Xi Jinping continues with his goal of making China a space superpower.