Out of Control Chinese rocket to crash into earth: Find out where

Out of Control Chinese rocket to crash into earth: Find out where

The rocket's "exact entry point into the Earth's atmosphere" can't be pinpointed until within hours of reentry, Howard said, but the 18th Space Control Squadron will provide daily updates on the rocket's location through the Space Track website. Just yesterday, it was reported that the rocket is orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes, traveling at around 17,149 mph or 27,600km/h and at an altitude of more than 186 miles or 300 kilometers.

China on Thursday launched the first of three elements for its space station, the CSS, which was powered by the Long March 5B rocket that is now being tracked.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday, May 5, that US Space Command is tracking the Chinese Long March 5B rocket core making an uncontrolled descent towards an unknown re-entry point as it orbits over populated areas including Madrid and Beijing.

He added that the rocket can be seen with the naked eye, in the form of a bright dot running between the stars, noting that the date of its passage was determined according to the maps published by the USA space agency NASA and the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said there are no plans to try to shoot down the rocket, which would only create more debris.

Asked about the Long March's re-entry on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the USA wants to work with other space-faring nations to promote "responsible space behaviors".

Song Zhongping, a former instructor of the Chinese military's rocket corps, said the debris would fall in a safe place such as global waters or an uninhabited part of the country. It has the option to land in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, India, China or Australia. Citing local reports, SpaceNews said at the time that pieces of debris as long as 12 meters (39 feet) landed in Cote d'Ivoire.

The Pentagon has said it is tracking a large Chinese rocket that is out of control and set to reenter Earth's atmosphere this weekend, raising concerns about where its debris may make impact.

According to William Harwood of CBS News, "Much of the missile will burn in the atmosphere and it is unlikely that any particular person or community will be infected with the remaining debris".

But, this didn't need to happen.

China has downplayed the risk of the debris hitting Earth and causing damage.

"It's in the shared interests of all nations to act responsibly in space, to ensure the safety, stability, security and long term sustainability of outer space activities", Psaki said.

The China National Space Administration has had trouble re-entering in the past.

Last year, the re-entry debris from the first Long March 5B flight fell on the Ivory Coast damaging several homes in villages.

The most disturbing return in a populated area was the shuttle Columbia, which entered in February 2003. When 200,000 pounds of spacecraft broke up over Texas, a significant amount of debris hit the ground, but there were no injuries.

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