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Tue May 4, 2021, 11:11 PM

Pentagon tracking out-of-control Chinese rocket that could reenter Earth's atmosphere

Source: CNN

Washington(CNN)The Pentagon has said it is tracking a large Chinese rocket that is out of control and set to reenter Earth's atmosphere this weekend, raising concerns about where its debris may make impact.

The Chinese Long March 5B rocket is expected to enter Earth's atmosphere "around May 8," according to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, who said the US Space Command is tracking the rocket's trajectory.

The rocket's "exact entry point into the Earth's atmosphere" can't be pinpointed until within hours of reentry, Howard said, but the 18th Space Control Squadron will provide daily updates on the rocket's location through the Space Track website. The rocket was used by the Chinese to launch part of their space station last week. While most space debris objects burn up in the atmosphere, the rocket's size -- 22 tons -- has prompted concern that large parts could reenter and cause damage if they hit inhabited areas.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/05/04/politics/chinese-rocket-earth-scn/index.html



Wear yer helmet!


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Reply Pentagon tracking out-of-control Chinese rocket that could reenter Earth's atmosphere (Original post)
orangecrush May 4 OP
cinematicdiversions May 4 #1
orangecrush May 4 #2
cinematicdiversions May 4 #3
orangecrush May 5 #7
Budi May 5 #4
orangecrush May 5 #9
localroger May 5 #13
Budi May 5 #25
ExTex May 5 #5
colorado_ufo May 5 #6
orangecrush May 5 #8
Budi May 5 #26
chowder66 May 5 #10
orangecrush May 5 #11
lindysalsagal May 7 #28
Polybius May 7 #29
chowder66 May 7 #30
AllaN01Bear May 5 #12
orangecrush May 5 #15
marie999 May 5 #14
orangecrush May 5 #16
marble falls May 5 #17
Sapient Donkey May 8 #31
marble falls May 9 #34
Marcuse May 5 #18
Owl May 5 #21
csziggy May 5 #22
Owl May 5 #23
Ford_Prefect May 5 #19
Bayard May 5 #20
dalton99a May 5 #24
OnlinePoker May 5 #27
speak easy May 8 #32
tonekat May 9 #33

Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 11:15 PM

1. Is this the same rocket they used to make fun of India's Dead? NT

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Reply #1)

Tue May 4, 2021, 11:18 PM

2. Don't know.



Explain please?


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Response to orangecrush (Reply #2)

Tue May 4, 2021, 11:31 PM

3. Here is the post I was referring to.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142737989



Translation at top: Chinese ignition (rocket launch) VS India ignition (burning bodies)

Translation at bottom: how Chinese send people to heaven vs how India send people to heaven.

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Response to cinematicdiversions (Reply #3)

Wed May 5, 2021, 05:04 AM

7. Thank you.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:54 AM

4. 22 tons ya say? How fast is it coming at ya?

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Response to Budi (Reply #4)

Wed May 5, 2021, 05:05 AM

9. ...




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Response to Budi (Reply #4)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:31 AM

13. 18,000 miles per hour /nt

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Response to localroger (Reply #13)

Wed May 5, 2021, 07:52 PM

25. Welp.. 😬 22 tons at 18,000 mph ...

Oh well!

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:14 AM

5. This is job for...

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Is that the U.S.?

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Response to ExTex (Reply #5)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:21 AM

6. You win the Internets!

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Response to ExTex (Reply #5)

Wed May 5, 2021, 05:05 AM

8. ....




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Response to ExTex (Reply #5)

Wed May 5, 2021, 07:58 PM

26. I once had a Pontiac with that same emblem!

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 05:18 AM

10. I wonder how many people bookmarked this post. nt

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #10)

Wed May 5, 2021, 06:24 AM

11. I don-t know



But it's coming down!

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #10)

Fri May 7, 2021, 11:11 AM

28. I did, yesterday. :scared:

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #28)

Fri May 7, 2021, 01:04 PM

29. Why scared?

Of all the billions of people in the world, you think it's gonna hit you?

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #28)

Fri May 7, 2021, 01:07 PM

30. +1

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:08 AM

12. gary7 and ms. lincolin at it again?

i hope that that thing dosent hit a populated area.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #12)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:04 AM

15. Except Mar-A-Lago

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:38 AM

14. Why doesn't the Jewish Space Laser destroy it?

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Response to marie999 (Reply #14)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:06 AM

16. We are prepared!








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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:07 AM

17. "18th Space Control Squadron" ...

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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #31)

Sun May 9, 2021, 08:39 AM

34. Sort of ...

Active 1966 – 1975
1990 – 2004
2016 – present - only 23 out of the last 45 years.

And it's never lost it's never lost its ability to amuse.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:15 AM

18. A malfunctioning sub-orbital warhead was exploded exactly 104 miles above the earth.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #18)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:27 AM

21. What movie was that pic from? I recall seeing it many years ago.

Thanks!

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Response to Owl (Reply #21)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:38 AM

22. Star Trek - the original series with Gary 7

Assignment: Earth.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #22)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:01 PM

23. That's it! Thanks.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:15 AM

19. Where are those space lasers?????

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:23 AM

20. Figures...

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:03 PM

24. What kind of a goddamn space program is this

Landing on the dark side of the moon one day, and randomly letting garbage fall back down the next

“It’s potentially not good,” said Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University.

“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast,” he said.

“Most of it burned up, but there were these enormous pieces of metal that hit the ground. We are very lucky no one was hurt.”

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 08:02 PM

27. Debris from a Chinese heavy-lift rocket might have hit Cte d'Ivoire villages

This was from a launch last year. It doesn't look like the Chinese give a shit.

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The odds of a piece of space debris falling back to Earth and striking a person are extremely low
. But it looks like a Chinese rocket nearly achieved the improbable.

Last week, China took a major step toward
its goal of completing its own space station by 2022 when its Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket successfully launched a prototype of China’s new-generation manned spacecraft. By Monday, some people were talking about the rocket for a less celebratory reason.

In the re-entry
of one of the largest pieces of uncontrolled space debris ever to fall back on Earth, the rocket’s core stage reportedly plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa. Then later reports suggested that parts of it might have hit two villages in the West African country Côte d'Ivoire.

https://www.scmp.com/abacus/tech/article/3084441/debris-chinese-heavy-lift-rocket-might-have-hit-cote-divoire-villages

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Sat May 8, 2021, 11:45 PM

32. I'm guessing the west of Australia -like Skylab.

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