China’s Long March 5B rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean




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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 29, 2021 shows a Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, lifting off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province. - A large segment of China's Long March 5B rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere around 2300 GMT on May 8, 2021, according to the Pentagon, but Beijing has downplayed fears and said there is a very low risk of any damage. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

BEIJING – Debris the rocket that launched as part of ’s efforts to its own space station Sunday re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, state reported citing space authorities.

Debris the Long March 5B craft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 10:24 a.m (0224 GTM), the Global Times, a newspaper often used as an English-language state mouthpiece, cited the Manned Space Engineering as saying.

According to government broadcaster CCTV, the remnants of the spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere at 10:12 a.m. over the Mediterranean Sea and landed at 10:24 a.m. the Indian Ocean, international waters the Maldives.

Most of the debris burned up during re-entry, state cited authorities as saying.

Space had warned of the danger the re-entry of possible debris an uncontrolled re-entry of the 20-ton, 30-metre-long main section of the launch vehicle, which one of the largest pieces of space debris ever to return to Earth.

The Long March 5B craft took the Tianhe (Heavenly Harmony) core module to space last Thursday, marking the start of construction of ’s space station.

May 2020, debris from another Long March 5B rocket fell parts of Ivory Coast, causing damage to several buildings the West African nation. (dpa/NAN)