Chinese Long March 5B Rocket Makes Uncontrolled Entry Back to Earth

Debris from a Chinese Long March 5B booster rocket re-entered earth atmosphere about 12:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, according to the U.S. Space Command. 

China’s space agency gave re-entry co-ordinates as 119 degrees East longitude and 9.1 degrees North latitude in the Sulu Sea – east of the Philippine island of Palawan in the north Pacific.

China. said most of the debris burnt-up in the atmosphere.

There was no immediate report on any debris or damage caused by the rocket’s uncontrolled return.

The Long March booster rocket was used in the latest launch to China’s unfinished Tiangong space station. Chinese rockets have no capability for a controlled re-entry.


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