Debris from ‘uncontrolled’ 23-ton Chinese missile falls over Indian Ocean

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Debris from a huge Chinese rocket returned unchecked to Earth over the Indian Ocean on Saturday. according to the US Space Command.

The debris was spotted by the US Space Command at 12:45 p.m. Aerospace experts had been tracking the debris for days as it was unclear when — and where — it would land.

According to the New York Times, citing updates on the social networking site Weibo, the Chinese manned space agency claimed most of the debris had been burned upon reentry over the Sulu Sea, between the island of Borneo and the Philippines.

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The debris was part of a 23-ton, 10-story rocket called the Long March 5B, which launched China into orbit on July 24 to deliver a lab module to its Tiangong space station.

Two previous launches of the Long March 5B rocket had uncontrolled reentry, with debris landing near the west coast of Africa in 2020 and in the Indian Ocean in 2021.

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China insists most of the debris was burned upon return.
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The debris was part of a 10-story rocket called Long March 5B.
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NASA administrator Bill Nelson tore China apart on Saturday for failing to share “specific trajectory information,” according to UKTN News.

“All space countries should follow established best practices and do their part to share this kind of information in advance to enable reliable predictions of the potential risk of debris impact, especially for heavy vehicles, such as the Long March 5B, which is a involve significant risk. of the loss of life and property,” he said in a statement.

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“This is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth.”

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