‘China did not share specific trajectory information’, says NASA after Long March 5B rocket wreckage crashes to Earth

Chinese rocket Long March 5B hits Earth

Chinese rocket Long March 5B hits Earth (Photo: Twitter/@nazriacai/screenshot)

The debris of a Chinese rocket hit Earth on Saturday night. The Chinese rocket’s main stage, the Long March 5B (CZ5B), made an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean. Vikas has raised concerns about the responsibility of space junk. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said China did not share the rocket’s specific trajectory information.
“The People’s Republic of China (PRC) did not share specific trajectory information as their Long March 5B rocket fell back to Earth,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.

Nelson continued, “All space travel countries should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk, Particularly for heavy-lift vehicles such as the Long March 5B, which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property.”

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Earlier too, NASA had criticized China for allowing uncontrolled re-entry of rockets into Earth’s atmosphere. Notably, China’s space agency identified the Sulu Sea in the Pacific Ocean as the re-entry location. Rocket debris brightened the night sky over Malaysia.

US Space Command said the rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at around 10:45 a.m. MDT. The rocket was launched on July 24 to deliver a lab module to China’s Tiangong Space Station, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. There are no reports of any injuries or damage to infrastructure due to uncontrolled entry.

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Notably, the Long March 5 configuration was also launched in May 2020 and May 2021. Debris from the rocket’s main stage was dumped over the Ivory Coast and the Indian Ocean.

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