U.S. NEWSPAPER: Chinese missile will fall over this Arab country and Beijing suspended
The U.S. aerospace research firm Aerospace Corporation predicted that fragments of the rocket, which China lost control of over northeast Africa, would fall.
The New York Times reported that the space research organization predicted the rocket would fall at 11:43 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time over Sudan.
China has been hit by international concerns, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin saying the out-of-control Chinese missile, which is expected to enter the atmosphere in two days, “poses no danger to the earth’s population.”
China launched three components of its space station last week with a missile that was supposed to return to Earth, but there was a problem and it lost control of the rocket.
“The probability of the missile causing damage to the ground is very low,” Winbin said.
China’s Global Times reported last Wednesday that the missile’s debris was likely to fall into international waters, amid fears it could cause damage when it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
UN expert: This is when and where the Chinese missile landed
Professor Alaa al-Nahri, vice president of the UN Regional Center for Space Science and Technology, revealed that the Chinese rocket, which has lost control, will fall on May 8, according to the latest scientific estimates.
Professor Nahri said Thursday that according to the missile’s estimated speed of 7 km/h and an altitude of 200 km, and its rotation on the ground every 90 minutes is likely to fall after entering the atmosphere on May 8th.
The spokesman denied that the missile was estimated to have landed over North Africa, noting that specialists were unable to determine where it might fall and hoped it would fall into the water to avoid disaster.
“What happened with the Chinese missile was due either to a malfunction in the ground station or to a malfunction on the rocket’s computer,” Professor Al-Nahri said.
The spokesman noted that the gravity of the rocket was that it was not controlled and was in Earth orbit and would be very dangerous when it entered the atmosphere.
Meet China’s dangerous missile that has sowed terror across several countries
Scientists from China’s National Space Administration put the world in extremely serious trouble after failing to reintroduce the remnants of a rocket to Earth again, losing control of its movement, and no one around the world knows where the rocket’s last destination will be and where it will fall.
Long March 5B, China’s largest and most powerful rocket, is about 30 meters long and 4 meters wide and weighs about 21 tons, making it the most dangerous payload from space in decades.
The remaining piece of the Long March 5B orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes in low Earth orbit, between about 170 and 370 kilometers above the earth’s surface, and some ground radars have been spotted swinging uncontrollably.
The huge Chinese missile is expected to fall and crash at an “unspecified point” as it returns to Earth on May 10, in the area between New Zealand and the US state of New York, unable to determine its exact point of fall.
Experts fear that the rocket will fall into a populated area, still orbiting the “temporary orbit” completely uncontrollably, completing its orbit around the Earth approximately every 90 minutes at a speed of about 27,600 km/h and at an altitude of more than 300 km.
“The current situation has a very good possibility,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, referring to the fall of a Chinese rocket on Ivory Coast last year.
Experts explain that most parts of the rocket burn on its return to Earth, once it touches the atmosphere, but this rocket is dangerous because of its very large size, and it is out of control by leaving it without setting a return point, in addition to its speed and containment of fusion-resistant parts.
McDowell predicts that parts of the missile will remain after it returns to Earth, “equivalent to a small plane crash scattered 100 miles away,” he said.
He blamed China for saying, “The really bad thing is that what’s happening is negligence on the part of China, things over 10 tons that we don’t let fall from the sky without control.”
Despite experts’ fears given the rocket’s speed, they are likely to fall into the sea, with about 71% of the planet covering water.
The European Space Agency reassures people, noting that “you don’t have to worry about being exposed to falling rocket debris.”
Last Thursday, China launched the core unit of its new space station aboard the Long Marsh 5B rocket, with the aim of securing a permanent presence of its astronauts in space.