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Uncontrollable Chinese rocket to hit earth, landing area unknown

Liam Garman

An uncontrollable Chinese 5B rocket is expected to hit earth over the coming days, with the area of impact still unknown.

Uncontrollable Chinese rocket to hit earth, landing area unknown
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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.

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