Concerns around the world are growing with observations that the wreckage of a Chinese-launched rocket could fall to Earth as early as this weekend.
This is because the rocket rotates around the Earth at such a high speed that it circulates around the Earth every 90 minutes, so it is difficult to accurately predict the location of the crash in the current situation.
Other countries, including the United States, have emphasized China's responsibility, while China is in a position that Western countries are exaggerating the risks.
Strange airflow in the rocket that China was proud of "creating a legend"
Earth Fall Danger
On the 29th of last month, China launched a'Changjeong 5B' rocket from the Wonchang launch base in Hainan Province.
It was a rocket carrying the core module'Tianhe' for the construction of China's own space station.
The rocket has a length of 53.7m, of which only 20.5m, the protective cover of the satellite,'Pairing'.
China has shown to its fullest that it is a high-tech crystal suitable for launching large satellites in close orbit.
Some state-run media even said that they "created a legend."
China plans to complete the space station at the end of next year by transporting parts to space 11 times this year and next year.
However, this rocket, which China has been proud of, has detected an abnormal current since last weekend.
The rocket's central module, which was spinning at an altitude of 300 km outside the atmosphere, dropped close to 80 km in altitude.
The Guardian, a British daily, cited space experts and said the rocket was descending under poor control.
"The bad thing is China's negligence," said Dr. Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Astrophysics Center in the United States.
According to Dr. McDowell, when the rocket was launched, fragments of large metal pillars fell to Ivory Coast, causing damage to some buildings.
Fortunately, there was no human injury.
US criticizes China's bypass...
"You have to act responsibly in space"
The U.S. government immediately confirmed this.
A spokesman for the US Department of Defense said in a statement, "The'Changjeong 5B' rocket is currently out of control and is expected to enter the Earth's atmosphere on the 8th."
"A specific crash point can only be identified a few hours before entering the atmosphere," Lee added.
The White House indirectly criticized China, emphasizing the responsibility of the international community.
"The US Space Command is tracking the location of'Changjeong 5B'," said White House spokesman Jen Saki. "The United States is committed to addressing the risk of congestion from space debris and increased space activity."
"It is in the common interest of all nations to act responsibly in space."
Chinese media "No out of control" vs "Can't guarantee correct return"
China, which had been silent for a while, also began to speak out in the state media.
The Global Times reported, “There is a high possibility that rocket debris will fall into the sea, so there is no need to worry.” “The West is exaggerating the risk,” reported the Global Times.
The Global Times quoted a Chinese expert that "it is normal for rocket wreckage to return to Earth."
"The crash of the rocket wreckage was carefully considered by the Chinese space authorities from the rocket design stage," he said.
"Most of the debris will burn while entering the atmosphere, and only a small fraction will fall into inactive places or into the sea."
Chinese space expert Song Zhongping told the Global Times, "This exaggeration of Western forces is an old strategy that adversaries use whenever China's technology advances."
China's official Huangu Times said there were similar concerns when the rocket was first launched successfully in May last year, refuting that China has already clarified several times.
In short, it is argued that the rocket wreckage was predicted and not'out of control'.
'There have been no instances of rocket debris or space debris attacking mankind in more than 60 years since mankind launched their first satellite," he added.
However, other nuances are read in reports by some Chinese media. According to the Chinese internet portal site Wangi, the rocket orbits the Earth at a speed of 28,000 km/h at a height of 160 to 170 km above sea level. The medium said, "Unless recycling rockets are used, like American private aerospace company'Space X', any rocket will become space garbage after use, most of which are burned out of the atmosphere, but some debris will fall to the ground and only some of them will get into orbit "It rises" he said. Taking the example of a case where rocket debris from the US and Russia, the largest satellite launching powers, fell to the ground, he said, "Even the US, which boasts the most advanced space technology, cannot solve the rocket debris problem." "No country can guarantee the correct return of all rocket wreckage," he said. It is read as a de facto acknowledgment that China has no control over the rocket wreckage.
Furthermore, some Chinese media said the US had hidden intentions. Chinese portal Teng Xun Mang said, "'Chang Jing 5 B'is large in size, distinguishing it from other rockets returning to Earth." "Even rocket wreckage is highly valued for research." "The US military is trying to find the remains of a Chinese rocket for research."
Experts from other countries agree that the Chinese rocket wreck is unlikely to cause damage. Dr. McDowell, mentioned earlier, said, "The chances of a person being beaten cannot be ruled out at all, but it is very low," he said. "I don't want to waste time worrying about even a second." The general view is that there is a high probability of falling into the ocean, which occupies more than 70% of the Earth's surface. We hope that global concerns about the Chinese rocket wreckage will cease.Keywords: