Massive 20-ton Chinese rocket to crash into Earth this weekend
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KGAN) — China's largest rocket, the Long March 5B, successfully carried a new segment of the Chinese Space Station into orbit on Sunday. The rocket is now in an uncontrolled descent into Earth's atmosphere.
The Aerospace Corporation estimates the 10-story tall, 20-ton rocket, will reenter early Saturday evening, but the timing and location is still highly uncertain. While some of the rocket will burn up in Earth's atmosphere, there will be a risk to people and property.
In May 2020, the same type of rocket crashed into an African village. Pieces of debris were several yards long. There were no indications of injury from this event.
Policy Analyst, Center for Space Policy and Strategy
Robin Dickey is a member of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy.