International media platform CNN has reported that a rocket that is out of control from China is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend.
According to reports, the rocket that is out of control is a Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons. According to the statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, the rocket is set to reenter the earth the weekend.
The rocket’s “exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere” can’t be pinpointed until within hours of reentry, Mike Howard. the Defense spokesperson said. According to reports, the rocket has less threat although its reenter is yet to be known.
“The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis,” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told CNN this week.
“We expect it to reenter sometime between the eighth and 10th of May. And in that two-day period, it goes around the world 30 times. The thing is traveling at like 18,000 miles an hour. And so if you’re an hour out at guessing when it comes down, you’re 18,000 miles out in saying where.” McDowell said.
However, Naija PR a popular page on Twitter has asserted that the rocket that is out of control is set to land in Nigeria, Abuja to be precise. This post has incited a level of fear and confusion on social media. “Reports say the Chinese Rocket debris may hit Abuja” Naija PR tweeted.
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