China: rocket debris has landed in Indian Ocean

Debris from China’s largest missile recently launched has, according to Chinese state media, ended up in the Indian Ocean, somewhere southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The debris from the rocket would have entered the atmosphere at 4: 24 CET.

The Chinese claim that most of the debris from the launcher was burned upon returning into the atmosphere and that it is highly unlikely that any damage was caused. The rocket of the type Lщтп Marср 5B brought part of a Chinese space station into space.

It was unclear where the debris from the Chinese missile would end up. The rocket could crash between 41 degrees north and 41 degrees south. So as North as, say, New York, Madrid or Beijing. Or as South as Wellington in New Zealand.

Space experts had warned that parts of the 30-meter rocket that weighed more than twenty tons could have landed in inhabited areas. The European Space Agency (ESA) was concerned that debris from the uncontrolled collapse of the launch vehicle would land in southern Europe. Washington had complained that, according to international agreements, such missiles have to return to the ocean in a controlled manner while they use up their last fuel.

China is busy with space projects,and if there is a Chinese space station, it could be the only one. The International Space Station ISS has been ‘depleted’ after more than twenty busy years and is looking forward to the last few years.

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