A Chinese Long March 5B rocket launches the Wentian module of China

When and where will China’s big rocket debris fall to Earth this weekend?

A big Chinese rocket body will likely crash back to Earth tomorrow (July 30), but nobody knows exactly when or where.

The 25-ton (22.5 metric tons) core stage of a Long March 5B rocket will reenter Earth’s atmosphere tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. EDT (1805 GMT), plus or minus five hours, according to the latest forecast by researchers at The Aerospace Corporation (opens in new tab). The booster has spent less than a week in orbit; it lofted Wentian, the second module for China’s Tiangong space station, on July 24.


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