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jimmy m
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17 May 2020, 1:28 pm

China test-launched its new single-stage Long March 5B rocket last Tuesday, propelling its cargo into orbit before the 20-ton core eventually fell back into the atmosphere, according to Ars Technica, a technology publication.

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Space junk from a new Chinese rocket narrowly missed dropping down on New York City Monday night, according to a report, largely burning up in the atmosphere before some of the debris survived long enough to slam into West Africa.

The doomed core passed right over New York City, Ars reported -- and if re-entry had been just a few minutes earlier, debris could reportedly have showered the Big Apple.

Source: Chinese space junk narrowly missed hitting New York City, report says


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17 May 2020, 1:35 pm

One-stage rocket? Interesting concept. But, as the experiment showed, rather unsafe.
I'm much more into Musk's controlled landing of separated stages.

The Ars Technica article they refer to:
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05 ... 5-minutes/


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19 Jun 2020, 4:48 pm

Everything is a near (or not) miss for New York City. It's like the whole universe wants to take it out.


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19 Jun 2020, 6:26 pm

Where in New York do they keep this big apple?



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21 Jun 2020, 11:56 am

You will hafta ask the "big cheese".

Or... "the Big Enchalada" about it.



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