The world was placed on alert on Friday, November 4, after it became known that the wreckage of a rocket booster released by the Chinese communist regime into space would inevitably land somewhere on Earth.
The rocket in question was responsible for carrying the last module to the Chinese Space Station on October 31.
But the 23-ton rocket did not have a safe drop system to guide it to some safe place on Earth, so it must have been just “luck” that decided it would eventually land in the middle of the Pacific rather than in the middle of New York City, for example.
When it became known on Friday morning that the chances of debris falling in the vicinity of Europe were high, authorities in some Spanish air zones decided to close aircraft traffic for a few hours, affecting more than 300 flights.
Flights were halted in regions such as Catalonia and the Basque Country, as well as in the Balearic Islands, air traffic controllers reported. It was only after 10:30 am that they were able to resume flights.
Should we be concerned about this type of rockets falling to earth?
Unlike other types of rocket boosters, this one travels in Earth’s orbit during launch and circles the Earth for a few days. Eventually, the orbit decays and it begins an uncontrolled descent to Earth, that is there is no telling where it might land. So should we be concerned? The answer is a definite yes.
As if this were not enough, this is already the fourth time that the Chinese regime has used this same system to dispose of its space junk, and as announced it is planning a similar one for its next launch in 2023.
Each time this method of disposal has been used, the Chinese regime has successfully gambled that the rocket parts would not cause injury to people on the ground. But while there were no immediate reports of damage, Friday’s re-entry caused disruptions, fear, and strong criticism from experts in the international community.
Bill Nelson, a top NASA official, issued a statement criticizing the communist regime for not taking more precautions, as he did for similar launches in April 2021 and July this year.
Nelson said, “It is critical that all spacefaring nations are responsible and transparent in their space activities, and follow established best practices, especially for the uncontrolled re-entry of a large rocket body debris — debris that could very well result in major damage or loss of life.”
What ultimately happened to the rocket?
It was U.S. Space Command that finally announced that the rocket’s central core re-entered the south-central Pacific Ocean. In a follow-up statement, the command said there was also a second re-entry to the northeast.
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics assigned to track human-made objects in low-Earth orbit, suggested that the rocket had split in two as it entered the upper atmosphere and that the risks of it hurting someone varied by location on Earth.
In this case, according to McDowell, South America, Asia, the northern United States, Canada, and Russia were exempt from the possibility of the rocket falling on their territory.
According to Ted Muelhaupt, a consultant for the Aerospace Corporation, the odds that the nearly 8 billion people on Earth would survive unscathed were 99.5 percent.
However, the 0.5 percent chance that someone would have been injured or killed is “high enough that the world has to watch, prepare and take precautionary measures, and that comes at a cost, which is unnecessary,” Muelhaupt said.
Launch of the Mengtian space module
Thanks to the rocket in question, the Chinese communist regime successfully launched the Mengtian science module, which was attached to its Tiangong space station.
The module will be used to house experiments in combustion, heat transfer, and fluid physics in microgravity, according to Chinese communist media.
Mengtian is a 59 foot, 22-ton cabin designed primarily for scientific experiments. It is the third and final component of the Tiangong space station.
The Chinese communist regime seems to be in a space race to overtake leading countries such as the United States.
One of Mengtian’s goals is to put into orbit a world-class physics laboratory that will seek to create the coldest matter detected in human history.
Inside the module is an ultra-cold atom cabin, which is equipped with laser devices capable of cooling atoms to about one millionth of a degree above absolute zero or minus 459.67°F.
These ultra cold atoms can be used in a wide variety of subjects, from quantum computing and the world’s most accurate clocks to being an ideal tool for studying fundamental physics.
Upon reaching extreme cold, the atom’s energy becomes so low that it stops moving and clumps together to behave like a “superatom,” which would allow for a comprehensive analysis of the atom that has never been done before.
As announced, by the end of the year the Chinese regime will have completed more than 40 launches into space with various objectives, many of them associated with continuing to develop its own space station.
In addition to completing its own space station, the CCP intends to develop a lunar base and deploy new satellites, as announced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), a state-owned firm responsible for most of the regime’s space launches.
The regime’s ambition to dominate everything within its reach is already more than evident. Just as it seeks to advance and dominate the Indo-Pacific, provoking major conflicts with neighboring countries, it also seeks to advance in third world countries, generating their economic dependence and influencing their strategic decisions. Now it also intends to dominate space and even to base itself on the moon.
Amid these attempts, and thanks to its irresponsible policies, it puts the safety of millions of people at constant risk, as happened in the case of its space debris.