Will Chinese rocket debris fall on Utah? You never know (probably not)

FILE- A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province Nov. 24 2020

FILE- A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province Nov. 24 2020

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Wednesday the entire body of the rocket is "almost intact".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing, "Most of the components will be ablated and destroyed during the re-entry process" into the atmosphere.

China expects to finish assembling its first space station in lower Earth orbit by 2022.

The core stage of the CZ-5B spacecraft is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere between 01:11 GMT on 8 May 8 and 19:11 GMT on 9 May, over the southern part of the Pacific Ocean not far from New Zealand, according to reports.

China's space agency has yet to say whether the core stage of the huge Long March 5B rocket is being controlled or will make an out-of-control descent.

The Communist Party newspaper Global Times said the stage's "thin-skinned" aluminum-alloy exterior will easily burn up in the atmosphere, posing an extremely remote risk to people.

"Wreckage from rocket launches falling back to Earth is common in the aerospace field, and the Pentagon's reported claim that the rocket wreckage will fly back "out of control" and "may cause damage if it hits inhabited areas" is nothing but Western hype of the "China threat" in space technology advancement", the Chinese state paper sneered.

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The prime minister described the early election results as "very encouraging". "I hope we won't lose Hartlepool". Results from local council and mayoral elections also held on Thursday are expected throughout the weekend.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Thursday that the USA military had no plans to shoot it down.

The US command said that the rocket's exact point of descent can not be pinpointed "until within hours of its reentry".

The Long March 5B rocket was launched last week carrying a module of China's first permanent space station into orbit.

Harvard-based astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell said potentially risky debris will likely escape incineration after streaking through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed but in all likelihood would fall into the sea.

The space station will be complete by 2022, with China also planning to build a moon base in cooperation with Russian Federation.

China's first space station, Tiangong-1, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2016 after Beijing confirmed it had lost control. Tianhe will be the control hub for the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") orbital station.

In March, debris from a Falcon 9 rocket launched by USA aeronautics company SpaceX fell to Earth in Washington state and on the OR coast.

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