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Image of Long March rocket burning in the atmosphere


The core stage of the Long March 5B rocket fell to Earth, broke into pieces and burned in the sky, attracting the attention of many people.

Image of long march rocket burning in the atmosphere

Debris of Long March 5B rocket glows in the sky. Video:Nazri Sulaiman

The core stage weighing more than 22.5 tons belongs to China’s most powerful rocket, Long March 5B, which fell back to Earth on July 30 after sending the new module Wentian to the Tiangong space station on July 24. Some residents recorded images of the giant rocket part re-entering the atmosphere and shared it on social media.

Image of long march rocket burning in the atmosphere

Missile debris flew over the pointed roof of a building. Video: HanifDaspepzz

Twitter user Nazri Sulaiman on July 31 shared a 27-second video taken from Kuching, Malaysia of the core stage of the Long March 5B rocket that broke up while rushing through the atmosphere. The moving white bright object was accompanied by a long tail trail formed by many debris. Another Twitter account, HanifDaspepzz in Kuching, also saw debris flying across the sky above the pointed roof of a building on the same day.

Image of long march rocket burning in the atmosphere

The core stage of the rocket has not broken into many pieces as it passes through the atmosphere. Video: Lampung Geh! News

A video from Lampung, Indonesia, posted on Lampung Geh’s Instagram account! News shows the early stages of the regiosphere when the core stage of the Long March 5B rocket is almost intact, according to Marco Langbroek, a veteran satellite tracker.

Authorities at the Manned Space Engineering Administration of China announced on Weibo that the reentry process occurred at 119 degrees east longitude and 9.1 degrees north latitude, located in the ocean off Palawan island, Philippines.

Experts from the Aerospace Corporation Center for Orbital and Debris Research predict that about 5 – 9 tons of debris from the core stage of the Long March 5B rocket will remain after the fall to Earth. . This is the third time China has let the Long March 5B rocket fall out of control from space after launching in recent years.

An Khang (Follow Space)

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