The out-of-control Chinese missile will soon fall back to Earth

The out-of-control Chinese missile will soon fall back to Earth

According to international principles, missiles returning to Earth need to be controlled and known exactly where they landed, but this time everything went wrong, and a 30-metre Chinese missile is flying to Earth and the meth of the fall has not yet been established.

What happened?

The Chinese spaceship was almost burned on re-entry, but it was not completely destroyed.

In response to all the concerns of Zhao Lijiang, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that nothing critical had happened.

Today, the Chinese space programme is being implemented by the People ' s Liberation Army, and NASA has previously accused the agency of failing to comply with space debris standards.

It is now known that only part of the Tianzhou-3 cargo ship has landed in a safe area in the South Pacific, which was announced by the Chinese Space Agency on 27 July, but the remainder of the missile is still heading for Earth.

What kind of missile are we talking about?

The launch vehicle in question is one of the parts of the March 5B-Y3 rocket that weighs 23 tons and is considered to be the most powerful in the country, and previously March 5B-Y3 delivered an entire laboratory module to the Chinese orbital station.

According to scientists, the probability of space debris falling into a populated area is small.

However, in 2020, debris from the Long March 5B rocket landed on Côte d'Ivoire and damaged several buildings.

Not only does China accept that it is possible to dump space debris on Earth, but this case attracted the attention of the general public. NASA stated in 2021 that China was negligent of space debris management standards, which occurred after the remnants of a Chinese missile landed in the Indian Ocean.

China had been criticized earlier, as early as 2007, when its own meteorological satellite was destroyed by its launch vehicle, resulting in a lot of debris.

"From the stage of the development of the space engineering programme, China has taken into account the prevention of the creation of space debris and has taken a responsible approach to the re-entry of missions into the atmosphere by means of launch vehicles and satellites," Zhao said at a daily briefing.

According to him, this type of missile is designed to burn and destroy most of the components in the atmosphere.

"The likelihood of harming aviation or endangering life is very small," he said.

Michael Byers, a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of a recent study of victims of space debris, disagrees with him.

"It's a 20-ton metal object. It will collapse when it enters the atmosphere, multiple fragments — some of which are quite large and reach the surface of the Earth," Byers said.

He said that space debris did not pose a great danger to people, but it was possible that large parts could cause damage if they fell in populated areas.

He noted that, because of the increase in space debris, the chances of falling were increasing, with missiles about three times more likely to land in the latitudes of Jakarta, Dhaka and Lagos than in New York, Beijing or Moscow.

The United States had previously expelled China from the International Space Station because of military ties to its space programme.

Where and when will the rocket fall?

The remnants of a massive Chinese missile are expected to fall to Earth early next week, about August 1, as announced by the U.S. Space Command, which is tracking the missile's trajectory.

According to Aerospace projections, debris can land in a vast area, covering most of the US, as well as Africa, Australia, Brazil, India, and South-East Asia.

"Because China does not control its missiles, there is a continuing likelihood of debris falling into a populated area. Over 88 per cent of the world's population lives in areas where this space debris could land," stated Aerospace.