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Debris from a Chinese rocket is set to crash into Earth in the next few days, with debris likely to land across a wide swath of Earth. A portion of China’s Long March 5B rocket will perform an uncontrolled July 24 re-entry around July 31, according to the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit based in El Segundo, California, NDTV reported.
The potential debris field includes much of the United States, as well as Africa, Australia, Brazil, India and Southeast Asia, according to Aerospace’s predictions. China dismissed concerns about re-entry and its implications, but state-backed media said the warnings were “sour grapes” from people unhappy with the country’s development as a space power.
Bullying and defamation are the only way to stop China’s development in the space sector,” the Global Times newspaper quoted Song Zhongping, a television commentator who closely follows China’s space program, as saying.
The US and Western media deliberately exaggerate and exaggerate the ‘loss of control’ of Chinese rocket debris and the possibility of personal injury due to rocket debris, obviously with ill intentions,” Shanghai-based news site Guancha.cn said on Tuesday. The landing of the booster, which weighs 23 metric tons (25.4 tons), will be part of what critics say is an uncontrolled crash that highlights the risks of China’s growing space race with the United States.
Due to the uncontrolled nature of its descent, there is a non-zero chance of surviving debris landing in a populated area – more than 88% of the world’s population lives under the footprint of potential re-entry debris,” Aerospace said on Tuesday. In May 2021, another Long March rocket fragment landed in the Indian Ocean. landed, raising concerns that the Chinese space agency had lost control of it.
It is clear that China does not meet the standards for responsible space debris,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said this month. “China and all space-exploring nations and trading companies must act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security and long-term sustainability of space programs. Durability can be guaranteed.
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