A Chinese missile falling towards the ground could crash in Portugal
It is one of the largest pieces of debris that has re-entered the atmosphere in recent years.
The Chinese government announced this week that it expects one of its most powerful missiles to return to the atmosphere this weekend. Beijing says it is an unmonitored return that could reach Portugal.
According to a document issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), published on Thursday, Portugal is on the path of a Chinese space agency rocket falling uncontrollably towards Earth. Long Marc 5B (CZ-5B), which weighs between 17 and 22 tons, is expected to re-enter the atmosphere between July 30 and 31 and is one of the largest man-made objects to have fallen in recent years.
The trajectory of the missile has not been determined, so it is not possible to determine exactly where it fell, but EASA calculations indicate that Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta and Bulgaria could collide with the object launched on July 24. .
The EU agency has advised all airlines to implement restrictions within a radius of 200 km, if the object is flying over the country. Since 70 percent of the planet’s surface is covered in water, it’s more likely to fall into the sea than on land—of course.
The mass of the Chinese missile is estimated at between 17 and 22 tons, “which is one of the largest pieces of debris that has returned to the atmosphere in recent years,” according to the European Agency. The re-entry of the Longa Marsh wreck is scheduled for July 31, Sunday, at 19:39 in mainland Portugal.
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