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Space: part of the Chinese rocket disintegrated over the Indian Ocean




The Chinese Bureau of Manned Space Engineering claimed that debris from the Long March 5B rocket ended its course in the ocean near the Maldives.

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End of the suspense. A large segment of the Chinese rocket that made its return Sunday, May 9 in the atmosphere has disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, said the Chinese space agency. The place of fall of this 18-ton object had been the subject of much speculation in recent days. “According to monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 am [4h24 heure de France métropolitaine] on May 9, 2021, the first stage of the Longue-Marche 5B carrier rocket entered the atmosphere “the Chinese Bureau of Manned Space Engineering said in a statement, providing the coordinates of a point in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.

He said most of this segment disintegrated and was destroyed on entering the atmosphere. Space-Track, which used US military data, also confirmed this entry into the atmosphere. “Anyone watching # LongMarch5B comes back to school can relax. The rocket has dropped.”, he tweeted.

The Chinese authorities had said that the uncontrolled return of the segment of the Long March-5B rocket, which had placed the first module of its space station in orbit on April 29, presented little risk.



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