Discussion in 'Science, Tech, & Space Exploration' started by Toroid, Jun 28, 2019.
SpaceX Starship SN 9 exploded during landing phase of test flight on February 2, 2021.
A beautiful photo of the recent super full moon…
A 230 megapixel image of the sun (stacking over 100,000 images).
Possible nova detected in Sagittarius
China's 21-tonne rocket set to crash back to Earth days after launch
A 21-tonne chunk of space debris from a Chinese rocket launch is set to crash back to Earth in the coming days, potentially hitting an inhabited area. Beijing successfully launched the initial module for the first permanent Chinese space station last week. The Tianhe module was carried into orbit by a Long March 5B rocket, which successfully detached.
However, the rocket – itself weighing about 21 tonnes – is likely to crash uncontrolled back to Earth in coming days, SpaceNews has reported. US military radars have tracked the 30-metre-long rocket travelling at about seven kilometres per second, circling the earth every 90 minutes.
A previous Long March 5B rocket launch in May last year also fell victim to uncontrolled re-entry, narrowly missing the US.
SpaceNews reported the re-entry of the current rocket was "impossible to predict" due to the vagaries of orbital decay. Current measurements indicate the rocket could re-enter the atmosphere anywhere from New York in the northern hemisphere to Wellington, New Zealand, in the southern hemisphere.
While it's most likely the debris will land in the ocean, SpaceNews said there was still a risk for inhabited areas.
Come on baby !! You can do it ! I'm RIGHT HERE ! Couldn't hit me if you tried ! When the sun comes up I'll go outside and taunt it properly, maybe put a big X on the roof.
I sense an opportunity here - to put an end to 2021 for me in an appropriate fashion.
Heres where you can track the rocket...
CZ-5B / 48275 / 2021-035B
Annual meteor shower light ups Australian skies
An enigmatic hurricane on Saturn - twice the size of Earth.
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