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Chinese rocket wreckage drops into the Indian Ocean.

According to the country’s space agency, the remnants of a Chinese rocket hurtling down into Earth have plunged into the Indian Ocean.
The majority of the rocket was lost when it re-entered the atmosphere, but debris was confirmed to have landed just west of the Maldives on Sunday by state media.
There has been a lot of debate about where the rocket could crash, and US officials and other experts have cautioned that its return might result in casualties. However, China maintained that the risk was minimal.

According to state reports, the Long March-5b spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 Beijing time (02:24 GMT) on Sunday, quoting the Chinese Manned Space Engineering office. There have been no cases of casualties or property loss.
It was recorded that debris from the 18-tonne rocket, one of the biggest objects in decades to have an undirected dive into the atmosphere, crashed in the Indian Ocean at 72.47° East and 2.65° North.

The rocket’s unregulated return drew sharp opposition from the United States, which feared it would crash land in a populated region. The debris’s return was monitored by US and European websites, and there was much discussion on social media about where it could land.

“Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth,” US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement. “It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.”
Space experts, however, predicted that the chances of anyone being hit were very small, not least because so much of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean and huge areas of land are uninhabited.

Last month, the main portion of the Long March-5b vehicle was used to launch the first module of China’s new space station.

Source: Xinhua
The country has spent billions of dollars on space exploration, and in 2019, it became the first country to send an unmanned rover to the far side of the Moon.
The Tiangong space station may be operating as soon as next year, and there is even talk in Chinese media about Mars missions and a possible joint lunar station with Russia.

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