A Chinese rocket disintegrated over the Indian Ocean

A Chinese rocket disintegrated above Indian Ocean

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A segment of the Chinese space rocket launched last Sunday made its uncontrolled return to the atmosphere on Saturday and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, the US military said, without specify if the debris had done any damage. 

“Space Force Command confirms that the People's Republic of China's Long March-5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on July 30” at 4:45 p.m. GMT, the military tweeted. American.

For any details on the dispersion of the debris and the exact location of the impact, the American military invites you to refer to the Chinese authorities, who launched the second of the three modules of their Tiangong space station into space on July 24, which should be fully operational by the end of the year.

The Long March-5B rocket was not designed to control its descent from orbit, which, as with previous launches, has drawn criticism.

China “has not given precise information on the trajectory of its Long March-5B rocket,” the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tweeted on Saturday. ), Bill Nelson.

“All nations conducting space activities should have best practices” because falling objects of this size “present significant risks of causing loss of life or property,” he added.

< p>Re-entry into the atmosphere releases immense heat and causes friction. Segments may then burn up and disintegrate, but larger craft, such as the Long March-5B, may not be entirely destroyed. 

Their debris may then land on the Earth's surface, cause damage and casualties, although this risk is low, as the planet is 70% covered in water.

In 2020, debris from another Long March rocket had crashed into villages in Côte d'Ivoire, causing damage, but without causing any injuries.

The Asian giant has been investing billions of euros for several decades in its space program. 

China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003. In early 2019, it landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, a world first. In 2021, she landed a small robot on Mars and she plans to send men to the Moon around 2030.