UPDATE: Chinese rocket debris is plummeting into the Indian Ocean

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UPDATE: Chinese rocket debris is plummeting into the Indian Ocean

UPDATE:

10.30am (Thailand time) Locals confirmed that the debris was falling somewhere west of the Maldives into the Indian Ocean.

9.30 (Thailand time)

The Long March 5B Chinese rocket is expected to land in this area… longitude 72.47 ° east and latitude 2.65 ° north, just west of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. This is according to the Chinese National Space Agency.

“Most of the rocket was” destroyed “when rejoining the atmosphere.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

Long March 5B rocket left Earth on April 29, launched from Hainan island in China.

The launch was the first part of an 11-part mission to build the Chinese space station in Earth’s orbit. The Long March 5B rocket carried an unmanned Tianhe module as a payload, the first of many to be built together in space. When connected as part of a permanent Chinese space station, it will accommodate future astronauts.

The foreign ministry spokesman assured that China was monitoring the rocket’s missions very closely and that most spacecraft would burn on rents. Any debris is likely to land in international oceans, and the chance of land damage is considered very low.

The US military announced earlier this week that the rocket would be tracked by US Space Command, calling it unmanaged missiles. Statistically speaking, debris is very likely to fall into an ocean somewhere as the Earth is 70% covered in water.

As the rocket ripped apart at a hypersonic speed in the Earth’s atmosphere, most of the debris would be burned quickly by the heat of reentries. But another Long March 5B Chinese rocket hit the Earth last year in May 2020 and parts of the ground struck, damaging some buildings in Ivory Coast.

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