Huge Piece of Space Junk From Chinese Rocket Could Hit the US

Huge Piece of Space Junk From Chinese Rocket Could Hit the US


With the craziness of the virus last year, some of you may have missed the story of how falling space junk from a Chinese rocket apparently narrowly missed a school as it fell back to earth in September of last year.

The story was carried in detail on Space.com:

A Chinese Long March 4B rocket successfully launched a new Earth-watching satellite Monday (Sep. 7) but the booster’s spent first stage narrowly missed a school when it fell back to Earth, witness videos show.

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The Long March 4B rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in  north China, at 1:57 p.m. local time  (1:57 a.m. EDT, 0557 GMT). It carried the powerful Gaofen 11 (02) Earth observation satellite, an optical observation satellite capable of returning high resolution images, showing features as smaller than 3 feet (1 meter) across.

This was the Twitter post from All about Space back in September:

#NEWS: Chinese rocket booster appears to crash near school

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