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China: Rocket Debris Unlikely To Cause Damage | Voice Of America

Debris from a large runaway Chinese rocket expected to re-enter the atmosphere this weekend is unlikely to cause damage, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday. The Long March 5B rocket was launched on April 29 from Hainan Island. He was carrying a module for a Chinese space station. After the Tianhe unmanned module separated from the rocket, the nearly 21,000 kilogram rocket should have followed a planned re-entry trajectory into the ocean, but now, no one knows where the debris will land. “The US Space Command knows and tracks the location of the Chinese Long March 5B in space, but its exact point of entry into Earth’s atmosphere cannot be identified until a few hours after its re-entry,” he said. Lt. Col. Angela Webb, from the US Space Command Public Affairs office to CBS News. Reentry is expected on Saturday, May 8. But it is not safe. The US fosters closer ties with Taiwan without changing “one China” policy On Friday, the State Department announced new measures to “encourage the US government’s commitment to Taiwan that reflects an increasingly unofficial relationship. deep “. While debris is likely to fall into the ocean, in May 2020, debris from another Long March 5B rocket landed on parts of the Ivory Coast, causing damage to some buildings. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told Reuters the debris could fall as far north as New York or as far south as Wellington, New Zealand. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States has no plans to attempt to shoot down the rocket. “We have the ability to do a lot of things, but we don’t have a plan to take him down as we speak,” Austin said. “We hope that it will land in a place where it will not harm anyone. Hopefully in the ocean, or somewhere like that.” The launch of the Tianhe module is the first of 11 missions planned to build the Chinese space station.

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