June 19, 2021
Technology

China says ‘vast majority’ of it’s rocket ‘burned beyond recognition’ before crash

The remains of a Chinese rocket, that was hurtling down on Earth at an incredible speed plunged into the Indian Ocean, just west of the Maldives on May 9, according to China National Space Administration (CNSA). The returning Long March-5b vehicle had triggered speculations about potential damage as well as had raised fingers on Beijing’s handling of space debris. However, as it re-entered the earth’s atmosphere at 10:24 am Beijing time, “vast majority” of it was “burned beyond recognition”, confirmed Xinhua news agency.

Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter, “An ocean re-entry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won its gamble. But it was still reckless.” In addendum, NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson also issued a statement asserting that it was clear that China was failing to…

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