I understand that the People’s Republic of China labors under the limitation of a third-rate political and economic ideology, but really, orbital mechanics are hardly new: “China launched the first module for its space station into orbit late Wednesday, but the mission launcher also reached orbit and is slowly and unpredictably heading back to Earth.” One does hope that it doesn’t land on anything populated.
But hoping is all I can do, mind you. Given that it wasn’t us that imprudently put a twenty-one ton hunk of metal in an unstable orbit, and all that. I mean, you can’t expect the oceans to always cover for an inability to do complicated math right…
PS: Damn right I’m being snide. Like a large hunk of the planet, I’m currently in a potential impact zone: “The Long March 5B core stage’s orbital inclination of 41.5 degrees means the rocket body passes a little farther north than New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, and could make its reentry at any point within this area.