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Chinese rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean, makes criticism from NASA

Chinese rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean, makes criticism from NASA

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Fragments of China's largest rocket landed on Sunday in the Indian Ocean, with most of its components lost upon re-entry into the atmosphere, putting an end to days of speculation about where the debris will land but attracting criticism from the US for a lack of accountability.

The point of effect, according to Chinese state media citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office, was in the ocean, west of China.


After the Long March 5B launched from China's Hainan island on April 29, debris from the spacecraft has caused some concern, but the China Manned Space Engineering Office claims that most of the debris was burned up in the atmosphere.



Parts of the rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time (0224 GMT) and landed at a location with longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north, according to state media.

The United States Space Command announced the rocket's re-entry over the Arabian Peninsula, but said it was unclear if the debris hit land or sea.

"U.S. Space Command will not announce the precise location of the impact or the duration of debris, all of which are unclear at this time," it said in a statement on its website.

The Long March was the 5B variant's second deployment since its maiden flight in May 2020. Parts from the first Long March 5B fall on Ivory Coast last year, causing damage to many houses. There were no injuries recorded.


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