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A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by WriterNig: 4:09pm On May 08
- It's roughly 100-feet-long and and would be among the biggest pieces of space debris to fall to Earth.

- No one knows for sure where the rocket will land.

- Where it will hit “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry,” the Pentagon said.


A section of a large Chinese rocket is falling back to Earth and is expected to crash sometime Saturday. It could strike an inhabited area, experts warn.

Where it will hit “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry,” the Pentagon said in a statement this week.

U.S. officials are watching the rocket's trajectory. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is "aware and he knows the space command is tracking, literally tracking this rocket debris," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Here's what you should know:

Did China launch a rocket?

Yes. The Long March 5B rocket carrying China's Tianhe space station core module lifted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province April 29. Known as the Heavenly Harmony, the space station will be China's first to host astronauts long-term.

China plans 10 more launches to carry additional parts of the space station into orbit.


Is the Chinese rocket falling to Earth?

Yes, and “it’s potentially not good,” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told the Guardian.

Usually discarded core rockets, or first-stage rockets, plunge to the sea soon after liftoff and don’t go into orbit like this one did.

China’s space agency has yet to say whether the core stage of the huge rocket is being controlled.


Where will the Chinese rocket land?

No one knows for sure. McDowell told CNN that pinpointing where debris could be headed is almost impossible because of the speed the rocket is traveling - even slight changes in circumstance drastically change the trajectory.

The debris will be dragged toward Earth by increasing collisions with molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, Space News said.

One group has made a prediction, however: The nonprofit Aerospace Corp. expects the debris to hit the Pacific Ocean near the equator after passing over eastern U.S. cities. Its orbit covers a swath of the planet from New Zealand to Newfoundland.


How big is the Chinese rocket that's falling to Earth?

It's roughly 100 feet long and and would be among the biggest pieces of space debris to fall to Earth.

"It's almost the body of the rocket, as I understand it, almost intact, coming down," Kirby said.

The newspaper Global Times, published by the Chinese Communist Party, said that the stage’s “thin-skinned” aluminum alloy exterior will easily burn up in the atmosphere and that the risk to people on the surface is extremely remote.


Has a rocket fallen to Earth before?

Yes. Last year, part of a Chinese rocket, one of the largest pieces of uncontrolled space debris ever, passed directly over Los Angeles and Central Park in New York City before landing in the Atlantic Ocean, CNN said.

The 18-ton rocket that fell last May was the heaviest debris to fall uncontrolled since the Soviet space station Salyut 7 in 1991.

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2016 after Beijing confirmed it had lost control. In 2019, the space agency controlled the demolition of its second station, Tiangong-2, in the atmosphere.

USA Today

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Muyiwaipere(m): 4:15pm On May 08
Chinese products sha

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Chepos1(m): 4:19pm On May 08
China and fake things sha

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by kokkubabboni421(m): 7:41pm On May 08
Kkk
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by BigDawsNet: 7:41pm On May 08
Are you broke?

Do you need some cassh

Go to ABJ, allow the debris satellite land on your head

Sue the Chinese gov

Then You are ricxh grin

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Cocobongo(m): 7:41pm On May 08
Pls if its falling down to earth, I offer my one plot of land to fall into, just pay me for matching ground wink

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Tonymegabush1(m): 7:41pm On May 08
Crash where shocked shocked shocked

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Iyaalakarra(f): 7:42pm On May 08
Na wa ooh

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Nobody: 7:42pm On May 08
imagine this kind of stuff landing.. chinese engineers need to upgrade before they release something terrible . even the rocket is among their products that doesn't last

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by incogni2o: 7:42pm On May 08
I hope it doesnt fall in a crowded place or prefarably in the sea

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by slawormiir: 7:42pm On May 08
Damnnn niggarrrr
Can't wait to see how it goes

Anyway let me grab my phone and continue to bomb china while puffing my weed

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by grandstar(m): 7:42pm On May 08
Why do I think the Chinese designed it to land with 99% accuracy on the Trump plaza? grin grin grin

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Winnerforever: 7:42pm On May 08
Please let it fall on ASO ROCK, please... shocked

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by ClassicMan202(m): 7:42pm On May 08
The guy above has said my mind.... And if possible make e touch presidential bedroom, Garba office and Adesina office too

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by nijaomegacode(m): 7:42pm On May 08
Even their failed project is better than Nigeria's best project. Common road nija govt can not construct not to mention a rocket.
Nigeria is under a curse!
Elon musk, a single man, is ferrying people to space. What the entire 'cabal' in Nigeria could not even dream of.
Dont get me wrong pls. We have bright minds in Nigeria too, it's just that the system is designed to terminate good people.
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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by datola: 7:43pm On May 08
May this not cause another wahala for the world.

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Iconstar: 7:43pm On May 08
Hope it crashes back to China

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by elpochas: 7:43pm On May 08
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by obaival(m): 7:43pm On May 08
China! China!! China!!! How many times did i call you

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by seniormallam(m): 7:43pm On May 08
Monitoring it live on YouTube, the rocket was passing through some African countries but I never saw any west African countries yet,

Let this thing just go into the Atlantic ocean please

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by wizdapilla: 7:43pm On May 08
China!!!
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Sleyanya1(m): 7:43pm On May 08
sad

No one knows where its headed for yet!!! angry

No be JuJu be that?? angry

God please shield your people.

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by WibusJaga: 7:43pm On May 08
grin
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by mummyson26(m): 7:44pm On May 08
Make e land in abuja na
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by elpochas: 7:44pm On May 08
China jst looking for every means to destroy d world.

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by sofeo(m): 7:44pm On May 08
OK.
Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by HolinessForever: 7:44pm On May 08
BABA GOD has looked from Heaven and push down the thing..

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by JONNYSPUTE(m): 7:44pm On May 08
Legalcriminal:
A lot of morons already praying it should fall in one president villa. Mad people everywhere
...Lol. kuku tell us say na your wish be this. Weyreh.

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Akpuobi1: 7:44pm On May 08
Let it crash in China oo, one man can't be eating junks and others just be inhaling the fart.

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Re: A 10-Story, 23-Ton Out-Of-Control Chinese Rocket To Crash Into Earth Today (Pix) by Akwamkpuruamu: 7:45pm On May 08
Make e land for Aso Rock. It will be a prayer answered.

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