Massive Chunks From The Rocket Mission By China Almost Hits New York City
The space race started in 1955 when the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite, Sputnik. Naturally, the US also began work on its own space program. In 1958 NASA was created with the sole purpose to get a man on the moon before the Soviet Union. Finally, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. Since then other nations have been engaged in a space race to conquer the final frontier with many new faces leading the pack.
1The Long March 5B
The Long March 5B had a successful launch on May 5. It was launched from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island in southern China and was carrying a prototype for China’s next-generation crew capsule into orbit on an unpiloted test flight. This was a huge success for China.
2It was China’s most powerful rocket
China had two failed attempts this year to try to send this rocket into space but the third time was the charm. The 176-foot-long rocket was designed to shuttle astronauts to low-Earth orbit or even around the moon. According to state-run media, the rocket was the most powerful one created by Chinese scientists.
3The bad return to Earth
Since this was a prototype launch it was supposed to come back after a few weeks. It did come back but in a way no one expected. The core of the rocket came crashing down to earth which is natural for any space mission but the way it did so was unexpected.
4The core was supposed to fall sooner
According to reports, the core was supposed to fall back to Earth sooner but the core of the Long March 5B didn’t fall back as planned. Upon reaching the completion of their mission the core of the rockets usually breaks off and re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. But, this time the core made it into a very low orbit and stayed in space for the last week.
5The size of the core and the rocket was massive
According to reports, the body of the rocket was more massive than the Chinese Tiangong-1 space station. Many space satellites and other space debris fall out of orbit and crash down to Earth but they usually burn up on re-entry. The burning up process reduces their size and what finally crashes on earth is the size of a basketball.