Numlock News: May 6, 2021 • Uncontrolled Roc…

By Walt Hickey Rocket I will begin by assuring you that you will probably not be hit with a Long March 5B rocket tumbling out of orbit. But! The 98 foot, 21 metric ton chunk of space junk is definitely uncontrolled and falling out of a rapidly-decaying orbit, and at some point between May 7 and May 9 will surrender to the Newtonian inevitability that now besets it and shall, one way or another, return to the surly bonds of earth. While most launches don’t actually send the first rocket stage into orbit, preferring to assiduously ensure a graceful landing to a predictable spit of unpopulated ocean, that is not what went down on April 28 when this particular rocket launched. The orbital inclination is 41.5º,

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