Large Chinese Rocket Booster Set to Crash to Earth This Weekend

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Message 2075137 - Posted: 6 May 2021, 23:12:47 UTC
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The Rocket that boosted the core of China's new space station 'Tianhe' to orbit on April 29th is set to reenter the atmosphere and crash to Earth on Saturday or Sunday. The large 'Long March 5 B' rocket booster is reported to be tumbling in space as it orbits just 100 miles overhead. There is apparently no ability to control when or where the booster will fall.

Please find a link, below, to an article with further information:

https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-blogs/astronomy-space-david-dickinson/tianhe-booster-to-reenter-this-weekend/
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Message 2075365 - Posted: 9 May 2021, 4:32:04 UTC

Well it finally crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.

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Message 2075394 - Posted: 9 May 2021, 16:55:30 UTC - in response to Message 2075365.  

Well... That was a close call on the Maldives:


Chinese rocket debris crashes into Indian Ocean - state media


China was 'lucky' with that one...

Who's next for a 'game' of lobbing 'the hand grenade' over your neighbor's wall?...


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Message 2103566 - Posted: 21 Jul 2022, 20:57:45 UTC

We'll have to watch the sky again I suppose for falling Chinese scrap. :-(

Another Chinese Rocket Could Be Headed for a Dangerous Uncontrolled Reentry.

A powerful rocket is set to blast off from Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan on a mission to expand China’s first space station. Similar to previous launches of the Long March 5B, however, the rocket could perform a dangerous uncontrolled reentry on its return.

China is in the midst of constructing its Tiangong space station—the country’s answer to the International Space Station—with one of the station’s modules already in place. China’s space agency is gearing up to launch the station’s Wentian module, which is set to occur this Sunday July 24 from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Hainan.

Space.com reports that China began the rollout of its Long March 5B rocket—a 174-foot-tall (53 meters) and 1.87-million-pound (848,220 kilograms) rocket—to the launchpad over a two hour period on Monday. Once launched, the Wentian module will rendezvous with the Tianhe module in low Earth orbit, where Tianhe’s robotic arm will move Wentian into its final position. Three Shenzhou-14 astronauts will greet the module upon its arrival.

The Long March 5B rocket is somewhat notorious, as it’s the same model of out-of-control rocket that hurtled uncontrollably back to Earth last spring, with debris eventually landing in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. It could’ve been much worse, as the potential existed for debris to land on inhabited areas. And in fact, this exact thing happened following the May 20, 2020 launch of a Long March 5B rocket, with debris falling onto the west coast of Africa and damaging some structures (thankfully no one was hurt). A recent study suggests there’s a 10% risk in the next decade that falling rocket parts will cause casualties, so this is hardly idle talk....
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Message 2103782 - Posted: 24 Jul 2022, 22:46:51 UTC

Well it's up, but it seems no one knows where it'll come down.

China successfully launches Wentian module as space station nears completion.

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Message 2104145 - Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 19:11:20 UTC

Anytime time now.

A 25-ton Chinese rocket booster will crash to Earth today.

It could come down anywhere.
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Message 2104152 - Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 20:23:41 UTC

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Message 2109393 - Posted: 31 Oct 2022, 7:31:04 UTC
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It's again time to watch out for another uncontrolled Chinese rocket reentry.

China to launch space station lab module Mengtian Monday afternoon.
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Message 2109492 - Posted: 2 Nov 2022, 10:52:40 UTC - in response to Message 2109486.  

A few hours later than the guesstimated time of decent and it could wake up the citizens of Beijing - maybe that would stir the Chinese authorities into sorting out their random garbage distribution system (aka rocket boosters) into having a more controlled re-entry plan. (Imagine President Xi's displeasure if a chunk of it landed in his back garden....)
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Message 2109992 - Posted: 11 Nov 2022, 21:23:23 UTC
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Do we now have to keep an eye out falling stainless steel Chinese rockets?

Mini Starship? Chinese startup wants to make its own version of SpaceX Mars rocket.

I also wonder where the plans for it came from.

And then there's their other up coming rocket.

China's huge new crew-launching moon rocket could fly for 1st time in 2027.

More to worry about.

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Message 2110001 - Posted: 11 Nov 2022, 22:29:59 UTC - in response to Message 2109992.  

Was it China that coined and trademarked the phrase?:

"What goes up must come down!"


Have ya crash hats at the ready...

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Message 2111283 - Posted: 11 Dec 2022, 9:48:05 UTC

It's seems that we on Earth don't have to worry about worry about china's latest rocket landing on our heads, but Chinese upper rocket body disintegrates into big cloud of space junk which will eventually cause problems in orbit. It seems that they can't do much right. :-(
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Message 2115948 - Posted: 10 Mar 2023, 23:11:00 UTC

They've done it yet again. :-(

Piece of Chinese rocket plunges to Earth above the US.

A piece of Chinese rocket broke up over the US after it lost control, according to US Space Command.

The remnants of the Long March rocket fell to Earth over Texas at over 17,000mph, after it carried three military spy satellites to orbit.

It is just the latest piece of “space junk” to fall back down to Earth in recent months. Experts have raised alarm that the vast amount of space debris could threaten both satellites above us and the world beneath when they fall down to ground.

Once again, the rockets re-entry was uncontrolled and fell down to the Earth in what officials said was a “high-risk” event....
So far there havn't been any reports on where it actually impacted the ground.
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Message 2120724 - Posted: 10 Jun 2023, 4:21:50 UTC

Keep your hard hats ready in case of falling tiles. ;-)

China's Carbon Monitoring Satellite Rocket Shedding Tiles.

I wonder what type of glue they used.
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Message 2120731 - Posted: 10 Jun 2023, 5:52:41 UTC - in response to Message 2120724.  

Keep your hard hats ready in case of falling tiles. ;-)

China's Carbon Monitoring Satellite Rocket Shedding Tiles.

I wonder what type of glue they used.

What else other than cheep Chinese glue.
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