China's Long March 5 or Long March-5B Y2 rocket, which carried its Tiangon Space Station's module called "Harmony of the Heavens," could crash into Earth's atmosphere. Experts claim that some of the rocket's debris could hit some popular areas. 

Experts Claim China's Long March 5 Will Crash Back to Earth: Some Populated Places at Risk
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Previously, the Asian country hailed its Long March 5 launch as successful since it was able to bring the "Harmony of the Heavens" or Tianhe, which will serve as the hub of China's upcoming space station, into orbit. 

However, some experts claimed that this 21-ton rocket could make an uncontrollable reentry into Earth's atmosphere in the next few days. Here's why this could happen. 

China's Long March 5 Could Crash Back to Earth

China is expecting that its Long March 5 will fall into a designated spot in the ocean. This method is used by private and international space companies so that the rocket's debris will not endanger people's lives. 

Experts Claim China's Long March 5 Will Crash Back to Earth: Some Populated Places at Risk
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However, the Long March 5 rocket is currently orbiting the planet in an uncontrolled manner. Because of this, authorities expect the possible uncontrolled reentry of the Chinese rocket will cause debris to fall onto populated areas, which could endanger some properties and residents on the ground. 

As of the moment, China hasn't identified the exact places at risk, as reported by Slash Gear. Right now, some experts criticize the Long March 5.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, who usually tracks spacecraft and other objects orbiting space, said that Long March 5's uncontrolled reentry is unacceptable since there is not rocket over ten tons has been left to orbit Earth in an uncontrolled manner ever since 1990.  

China to Copy Starship Rocket?

According to Universe Today's latest report, one of China's main rocket manufacturers could develop a Starship-like spacecraft. This info was revealed in the video titled "One Hour Global Arrival in the Space Transportation System." 

The footage was presented by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), which is one of the country's main state-owned rocket developers, during the Change'e-5 mission festivities. If you want to know more details, all you need to do is click here.

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