The US Department of Defense said it was tracking China’s Long March 5B rocket which is out of control and is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend.
The Chinese rocket is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere around May 8, and US Space Command is tracking the rocket’s path amid concerns about where its debris could impact, UKTN reported.
“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 can only be identified a few hours after its re-entry, scheduled for May 8,” , the Pentagon said. The US Space Command said in a statement.
“Until then, the 18th Space Control Squadron will be offering daily rocket body location updates on Space-track.org starting May 4. USSPACECOM will provide additional information as it becomes available, ”he added.
The approximately 100-foot object orbits Earth every 90 minutes and passes north of New York City, Beijing and as far south as New Zealand, Fox News reported citing a space surveillance website. .
The report says that despite the threat, it is most likely to splash in any of the world’s oceans or in an isolated area.
“I don’t think people should take precautions. The risk of it getting damaged or hitting someone is pretty low – not insignificant, it could happen – but the risk of it hitting you is incredibly small. And so I wouldn’t lose a second of sleep over this personal threat, ”Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, told UKTN.
This comes at a time when several Western experts have worried about the clandestine ambitions behind the construction of the Chinese station and the outbreak of a new “space race”.
A recently released intelligence report by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Global Threats said China will continue to integrate space services – such as satellite reconnaissance and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) – and satellite communications in its weapons and command and control systems to erode the US military’s informational advantage.
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