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Saturday, May 08, 2021

The latest data from the U.S. Space Force has narrowed the reentry window for the rocket body to just two hours: 9 to 11 p.m. ET.



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I'm genuinely surprised they can't do better predicting where debris will land. But, I suppose it become extremely complicated as things break up on re-entry to the atmosphere. And I also suppose it's not a thing they've spent a ton of time modelling. I do remember when the Cassini probe launched, if it blew up at just the right time, it would have irradiated the entire atmosphere.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-08 06:45 PM | Reply

I'd think "Space Force" would be able to disintegrate the pieces with an Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator before they hit the ground.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-05-08 06:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I'm genuinely surprised they can't do better predicting where debris will land"

#1 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-05-08 06:45 PM | FLAG: I believe because of it's shape as well as tumbling that makes the prediction difficult unti relatively close, and even then I doubt it could be a pinpoint location - rather a general area covering a few miles. Guess we're all playing 'Chinese Roulette' ; )

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-05-08 07:09 PM | Reply

The sun will still be up here, wish it happened when was dark. Oh well.

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-05-08 07:25 PM | Reply

Where are the Jewish space lasers when you need them.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2021-05-08 07:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

So apparently this was the plan all along. Have the rocket just tumble back to Earth and land wherever. Which is what happened last time.

Seems a bit... reckless.

"There had been speculation that the Long March 5B core would perform an active maneuver to deorbit itself, but that appears not to have happened. At a Wenchang press conference Thursday, Wang Jue, Commander-in-Chief of Long March 5B launch vehicle, stated (Chinese) that this second Long March 5B had seen improvements over the first launch, but a possible deorbit maneuver was not stated."

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-08 07:46 PM | Reply

Space Force won't know the precise landing location until after the rocket body has already landed...

So Facebook will know first?

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-05-08 07:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Stay away from Mason Ohio.
Just finished painting my house.

#8 | Posted by docman at 2021-05-08 08:26 PM | Reply

Seems a bit... reckless.

Good cover for a first strike nuclear ICBM attack though. Run! Hide! Launch!

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-05-08 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do you have to wait 30 minutes for the "full" effect??

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2021-05-08 08:55 PM | Reply

Just under an hour to go!

Here's hoping it sticks the landing like SpaceX.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-08 10:15 PM | Reply

Chinese Rocket Expected to Crash Into Earth | Real-time Tracker

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2021-05-08 10:49 PM | Reply

Too bad is isn't Mar Largo

#13 | Posted by bat4255 at 2021-05-08 10:50 PM | Reply

Chinese rocket debris crashes back to Earth, plunging into Indian Ocean " state media

The remnants of China's largest rocket have plummeted back to Earth, plunging into the Indian ocean near the Maldives, according to Chinese state media, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit.

Most of the debris burned up in the atmosphere, it reported, citing the Chinese Manned Space Engineering office.

Parts of the 30-metre core of the Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 10.24am Beijing time (2.24am GMT) and landed at a location with the coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north, state media cited the office as saying.

The US Space command confirmed the re-entry into the atmosphere of the rocket over the Arabian peninsula, but said it was unknown if the debris had hit land or water. "The exact location of the impact and the span of debris, both of which are unknown at this time, will not be released by US Space Command," it said in a statement.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2021-05-09 01:17 AM | Reply

China is finally attempting to do what the US did in the 70s but can't manage to do it right.

China sucks. A bunch of unoriginal, dishonest -------- riding the wave of a failed civilization.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2021-05-09 02:24 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Space Force won't know the precise landing location until after the rocket body has already landed...

Everything Donnie Fail touches dies.

#16 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-05-10 07:23 AM | Reply

"Chinese rocket debris crashes back to Earth, plunging into Indian Ocean " state media"

It was no big deal. In fact it's only been 30 minutes and I'm already hungry for some more chinese rocket parts to fall out of the sky.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-05-10 12:04 PM | Reply

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