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China closely tracking debris of its rocket re-entering atmosphere

China tracking debris of rocket entering atmosphere. Rocket’s main-core stage is expected to fall back to Earth.

Where: China, Space

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On Wednesday, Beijing stated the remnants of a large, newly launched Chinese rocket are expected to re-enter the atmosphere this coming weekend and would be closely tracked but poses little risk to anyone on the ground.
The Long March 5B rocket blasted off Sunday to deliver a laboratory module to the new Chinese space station under construction in orbit.
The rocket’s entire main-core stage – which is 100 feet (30 meters) long and weighs 22 tons (about 48,500 lb) – has already reached low orbit and is expected to fall back toward Earth once atmospheric friction drags it downward.
The rocket body is expected to disintegrate as it plunges through the atmosphere but is large enough that numerous chunks will likely survive a fiery re-entry to rain debris.
The probable location of the debris field is impossible to pinpoint in advance. However, experts can narrow the potential impact zone closer to re-entry in the days ahead.

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