The remains of a Chinese rocket landed in the Indian Ocean, drawing criticism from NASA

The wreckage of China’s largest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Most of its components were destroyed when they reentered the atmosphere, ending speculation about the location of the debris impact, but sparking criticism from the United States for lack of transparency. Chinese official media quoted China’s Manned Space Engineering Office as saying, but at the point of maritime influence west of the Maldives. 

Wreckage from Long March 5B has kept some people on guard since China took to the air. On April 29, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office stated that most of the debris burned in the atmosphere. Official media reported that some rockets re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 am Beijing time (7:45 am). IST) and landed at 72.47 degrees east longitude and 2.65 degrees north latitude. 

The US Space Command confirmed that the rocket has re-entered the Arabian Peninsula, but said if the debris is known. It said in a statement on its website: “The exact location of the impact and the extent of the debris is not yet known. The US NASA will not release it.” This is the second deployment of the 5B variant since the first flight in May 2020. Last year, the first fragment of Long March 5B fell in Côte d’Ivoire, damaging several buildings.

NASA Director, Former Senator, and Astronaut Bill Nelson (Bill Nelson) was selected for the position, “Space nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth due to re-entry of objects into space, and make these operations maximize the transparency of the country. ” March said in a statement after the re-entry: “It is clear that China has not met responsible standards regarding its space debris.”

Experts’ Concerns About Potential Debris Areas: Experts noted that since most of the earth’s surface is covered by water, the chance of hitting densely populated areas on land is very low and the chance of injury is even less. The decline of the orbit and the fact that China did not offer greater guarantees before returning to space have exacerbated people’s anxiety. 

“It is vital that China, as well as all aerospace countries and commercial entities, act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the security, stability and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.” 

Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told Reuters that possible debris areas may be to the north of New York, Madrid or Beijing, and Chile and Wellington, New Zealand, to the south. Since most of NASA’s Skylab space station fell from orbit and landed in Australia in July 1979, most countries/regions tried to prevent this uncontrolled return to space via their spacecraft, McDowell said: “This makes Chinese rocket designers look lazy because they haven’t solved this problem,” McDowell said. 

The Chinese tabloid “Global Times” is concerned that the rockets are “out of control” due to “Western publicity.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on May 7: “All over the world, a rocket’s upper stage rocket will burn when it enters the atmosphere. This is a world practice “. According to our institute. 

The top layer of this rocket is known to have been deactivated, which means that most of its parts will burn out upon re-entry, and the possibility of damage to aviation or ground facilities and activities is extremely low. 

“The rocket launches the unmanned Tianhe module into orbit, which will become the residential area of ​​three crew members in China’s permanent space station, and then carry out 10 missions to complete the station’s flight in 2022.”.

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