Could Chinese rocket debris fall in Mozambique or Côte d'Ivoire?


In the technological sector, nothing is perfect, but the idea is to minimize the probability of errors that may occur during the processes, but there is no 100% guarantee. A huge space junk from a rocket, which weighs about 21 tons (equivalent to 21.000 kg), is on a re-entry route into our atmosphere. Pieces of it are expected to fall to Earth next Saturday (May 8, 2021), according to a forecast released by the United States Space Command. The drop is expected to occur in the ocean west of the U.S., but we do not know exactly where.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense revealed the expected date of its reentry into Earth's atmosphere, but said that its exact point of entry cannot be determined at the moment. The US Space Command is aware of and continues to track the location of the Long March 5B Chinese in space, but its exact entry point into the Earth's atmosphere cannot be determined until a few hours after its May 8 re-entry, 'said US Department of Defense spokesman Mike Howard.

Could Chinese rocket debris fall in Mozambique or Côte d'Ivoire?

In the photo is the current orbit of the rocket

According to the information, the image above shows the current orbit (trajectory) of the Chinese rocket, where it points to countries like Mozambique and Côte d'Ivoire as possible points of its fall, without any confirmation. The image is even more curious, as it shows that the trajectory of the same can pass through the Angolan space, an information that can be followed in detail by the GGPEN (National Space Program Management Office).

It is also important to note that, Daily updates on the location of the same are being posted on the Space Track , and the US government will provide additional information 'as soon as it becomes available'.


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