This weekend, experts say debris from a Chinese missile will hit Earth. The Center for Orbital Return and Debris Studies (CORDS) expects debris from the “Long March 5B” rocket to crash between noon Saturday and late Saturday, but it is not known where the debris fell. However, according to experts, there is little chance that people or inhabited areas will be affected.
The US space agency NASA has criticized China for not breaking it down into smaller pieces after using it, which is the international standard. The rocket was used on July 24 to transport materials to the Tiangong Space Station under construction.
In May last year, the remains of a used missile crashed near the archipelago of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. According to Beijing, the “largest part” has already burned up during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. NASA was also crucial at the time.
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