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Debris from a 22-ton rocket fell into the Indian Ocean


The core stage of the Long March 5B rocket crashed through the Earth’s atmosphere and fell into the Philippine Sea on the afternoon of July 30.

The long march 5b rocket took off on july 24 from wenchang, hainan. Photo: cgtn

The Long March 5B rocket took off on July 24 from Wenchang, Hainan. Image: CGTN

China’s spaceflight agency announced that the wreck of a Long March 5B rocket crashed to Earth in the southwestern Philippines in the Indian Ocean on July 30, and the vast majority of the debris burned up during reentry, according to the report. South China Morning Post. However, the US Space Command emphasized that there is no information about the flight path of the debris from this booster.

“China did not share specific information about the flight path when the Long March 5B rocket crashed back to Earth,” NASA director Bill Nelson said. “Every country needs to comply with this regulation and share this information to be able to accurately predict the risk of collision from debris, especially for heavy rockets like Long March 5B, which can cause damage. great in terms of life and property”.

Experts calculate that the possibility of injury or destruction of Truong Chinh 5B’s infrastructure is quite low. The rocket body flew in an elliptical orbit around the Earth and was pulled down by atmospheric gravity, leading to an uncontrolled fall, according to Aerospace Corp., a nonprofit in El Segundo, California, which specializes in technical consulting for space missions.

Experts predict that while most Long March 5B rockets burn up while falling through the Earth’s atmosphere, large pieces of debris accounting for up to 40% of its weight could remain and fall into the sea or land. Some predictions suggest that the missile could fly over parts of Mexico and Brazil, gliding past the Cape of Good Hope before landing on land in Southeast Asia.

This is the third out-of-control fall of a Chinese rocket in years. In May 2021, the fragment of a Long March rocket fell into the Indian Ocean. The Long March 5B rocket with a core stage weighing about 22.5 tons took off on July 24 carrying one of the heaviest payloads in recent times, the Wentian module of the Chinese space station.

An Khang (Follow SCMP)

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