With Rocket Crashing To Earth, China Could Have Even Bigger Surprise In Store

A gigantic Chinese rocket is crashing to earth, and where it goes, no one knows.

Welcome to May 2021, everyone!

But honestly. Those who specialize in such things (yes, someone’s job is to track falling rockets) have no earthly clue where the rocket’s uncontrolled re-entry will land.

Per the New York Post: “The roughly 100-foot-tall core of the Long March 5B rocket launched the 22.5-ton ‘Heavenly Harmony’ unmanned Tianhe space station module from Wenchang in Hainan province on Thursday, the Guardian reported.”

To put that in English: Watch out, everybody!

OK, it may not be quite that serious or scary. Then again, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell did tell the Guardian, “It’s potentially not good.”

For many around the world, of course, this just leads to more questions about China. The communist nation was already the birthplace of a global pandemic that basically shut down the world for a year (and counting). It has also come under increased fire for massive human rights abuses, and perhaps even genocide, of Uighur Muslims.

And as OutKick’s Bobby Burack relayed, all of the above is also serving as a reason to scrutinize the NBA’s strong bond with China — as no American sports league in history has profited as handsomely off its business arrangement with the Chinese as the NBA has.

But the focus today is on where remnants of a rocket may fall. And that’s not exactly a first for China’s space program.

“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket, they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast,” McDowell said. “Most of it burned up, but there were these enormous pieces of metal that hit the ground. We are very lucky no one was hurt.”

Let’s just hope that will be the case again this time.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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