China said Friday the risk of damage from the rocket that returned to Earth was “very low” after the United States warned it could land in a residential area.
U.S. military experts expect the body of the Long March 5B rocket, which differs from the Beijing missile base, to land on Saturday or Sunday, but has warned that it will be difficult to predict where and when it will land.
But Beijing reduced the risk. “The risk of damage to land or ground travel is very low,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
Most of the rocket material could be destroyed by repatriation, “he said, adding that officials would” tell the people about the end of time “.
China has invested billions of dollars in space research in an attempt to showcase its global growth and technological growth, following alternatives to the United States, Russia, and Europe.
‘Throw it down’?
When misconceptions about the return of the rocket were made public, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday said U.S. troops had no plans to fire.
“We have the potential to do a lot of things, but we have no idea how to shoot,” Austin told reporters.
Hopefully, he said the rocket will land “in a place where no one will harm… the sea, or any other such place”.
Even if a rocket or part of it falls from the sky, without crashing into it again, there is a chance that it will only start at sea on a planet made up of 70% water.
But Austin said the Chinese had neglected to allow the rocket to be destroyed, saying those in the “space domain” should “operate with caution and reasonableness”.
Where the rocket lands in the atmosphere as it returns from space “can not be determined until a few hours later to re-enter”, which is expected to take place on May 8, the US Space Command said.
Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell said there was a chance that rocket fragments could fall to the ground as of May 2020, fragments of another Chinese rocket on March 5B crashed in Ivory Coast, destroying several homes.
He also said that debris that could be dangerous could be consumed by fire as soon as it passed through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed but could fall into the sea.
Depending on the route being taken, the waste could fall as far north as New York, Madrid or Beijing and as far south as Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, or anywhere in between, says McDowell.
‘Type of science’
Space has become the most recent venue for power play between China and the United States.
The establishment of China’s first phase of its “Heavenly Palace” building in April – a state-of-the-art facility and specialist residence – was a key milestone in Beijing’s ambitious idea of establishing a permanent presence in space.
President Xi Jinping called the most important thing “to build a great world of science and technology”.
With the International Space Station after 2024, China may be the only space station in the world.
Although Chinese regional authorities have said they have the opportunity to cooperate with the outside world, the extent of the agreement has not yet been determined.
The European Space Agency has sent travelers to China for training to be ready to work inside China’s resort as soon as it is established.
China also said that in March it planned to create a separate location from Russia.
The building, pre-planned above or on the move of the Moon, will have a research center and will be the largest communications service between Beijing to date.
The Long March Rocket is not the first time China has lost control of its return to Earth.
The Tiangong-1 space laboratory was disrupted when it returned to space in 2018, two years after it stopped operating, although Chinese officials denied that it had failed to operate the ship.