A rocket that was recently launched by China is expected to plunge back to earth over the coming days, sparking fears that it will land in an inhabited area.
The 21-tonne March 5B rocket which successfully carried the Chinese Tianhe modular space station into orbit became out-of-control after the rocket and capsule detached from one another earlier this week. It is the second such time that a Chinese 5B rocket has become uncontrollable during re-entry, with a 5B rocket nearly hitting the US in 2020.
According the science news outlet Weatherboy, the US government is currently monitoring for the rocket’s re-entry but the speed of the craft might mean that there is insufficient time to alert people in inhabited areas within a potential hazardous range.
Analysing the rocket's current orbital path, it is expected to land between the latitudes of the northern US and New Zealand.
More to follow.
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