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Everything we know about the fall of the space rocket. «Pieces could also fall in Sicily. No fear”

The fall of the rocket could occur by tomorrow morning, but the important thing is to do not create alarmism about possible dangers“. Before talking about what will become of the rocket Long March 5b and what will arrive on the earth of the vector, launched into orbit last April from China, Carmelo Hawk, astronomical researcher of the Isnello observatory GAL Hassin, a MeridioNews he points out that the subject must be treated carefully. “The rocket was carrying a silos with means that will be used for the construction of a space base that will have to be born – explains the expert – Unfortunately, Technical Problems which ensured that the return operations took place in an uncontrolled manner. In these hours we have observed the orbits that this vector makes, but we don’t know how and when it will break, nor what materials it is made of ».

The fall of the rocket could occur by tomorrow morning, but the important thing is to do not create alarmism about possible dangers“. Before talking about what will become of the rocket Long March 5b and what will arrive on the earth of the vector, launched into orbit last April from China, Carmelo Hawk, astronomical researcher of the Isnello observatory GAL Hassin, a MeridioNews he points out that the subject must be treated carefully. “The rocket was carrying a silos with means that will be used for the construction of a space base that will have to be born – explains the expert – Unfortunately there have been some Technical Problems which ensured that the return operations took place in an uncontrolled manner. In these hours we have observed the orbits that this vector makes, but we don’t know how and when it will break, nor what materials it is made of ».

The craft launched into orbit has a weight of 18 tons, a length of about 32.2 meters and a diameter of 5 meters. In recent hours, on the basis of data collected by European and US sensors, it has been calculated that some pieces, which could detach from the Chinese rocket after the contact with the earth’s atmosphere, they could fall in a large area of ​​Italy south-central. In light of these data, the area could include nine Italian regions: Lazio, Abbruzzo Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia. In the past few hours, the civil protection department has set up a table with the Italian Space Agency attended by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministries of the Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ENAC, ENAV, the higher institute for environmental protection and research.

«Its radius will have a latitude between minus 45 and plus 45 degrees – continues Falco – This means that the fall does not concern only Italy, but he can understand half hemisphere to the South and half a hemisphere to the North. Approaching the earth it will fall apart is gradually that the atmosphere will become denser, and the temperature will rise, small pieces could fall that could cause minor damage: in this sense, civil protection does well to invite caution ».

Falco also focuses on what’s happening on the geopolitical level. As the researcher points out, the presence of a Chinese space base close to earth it would be indicative of how the country wants to send a signal of opposition to Japan and the remaining Western bloc. “China and Russia in this sense are carrying out various operations in response to other countries – comments Falco – we may hear about these facts in the future. Making one as close to the earth as possible is important both in economic terms, but also in terms of transport: it is normal that if the distances are reduced, a greater load can be transported ». All that remains is to wait for tomorrow. “Usually these rockets, once they are close to the earth, are deflected to fall into the sea – concludes Falco – This time it couldn’t happen. We await the next few hours to understand what the developments will be ».