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Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by TruthHurts1(m): 7:38am On May 09
The remnants of China’s largest rocket have plummeted back to Earth, plunging into the Indian ocean near the Maldives, according to Chinese state media, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit.

Most of the debris burned up in the atmosphere, it reported, citing the Chinese Manned Space Engineering office.

Parts of the 30-metre core of the Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 10.24am Beijing time (2.24am GMT) and landed at a location with the coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north, state media cited the office as saying.

Nasa was critical of China’s lack of transparency over the rocket’s re-entry, saying spacefaring nations had a duty to minimise the risks to people and property on Earth.

“It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” said Nasa administrator Bill Nelson, a former senator and astronaut who was picked for the role in March.

“It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.”

The US Space command confirmed the re-entry into the atmosphere of the rocket over the Arabian peninsula, but said it was unknown if the debris had hit land or water. “The exact location of the impact and the span of debris, both of which are unknown at this time, will not be released by US Space Command,” it said in a statement.

Space watchers around the world have been anticipating the arrival of the Long March 5B space rocket since it started to lose altitude last week amid concerns it was out of control. It is one of the largest pieces of space debris to return to Earth and prompted the White House to call for “responsible space behaviours”. China’s failure to issue strong safety reassurances in the run-up to the re-entry fuelled anxiety.

During the rocket’s flight, Harvard-based astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told Reuters that the potential debris zone could have been as far north as New York, Madrid or Beijing, and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand.

“It makes the Chinese rocket designers look lazy that they didn’t address this,” said McDowell, a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Global Times, a Chinese tabloid published by the official People’s Daily, dismissed as “western hype” concerns that the rocket was “out of control” and could cause damage.

“It is common practice across the world for upper stages of rockets to burn up while reentering the atmosphere,” said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry, at a regular media briefing on Friday.

“To my knowledge, the upper stage of this rocket has been deactivated, which means that most of its parts will burn up upon re-entry, making the likelihood of damage to aviation or ground facilities and activities extremely low,” Wang said at the time.

The Long March 5B – comprising one core stage and four boosters – lifted off from China’s Hainan island on 29 April with the unmanned Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters on a permanent Chinese space station. The rocket is set to be followed by 10 more missions to complete the station.

The empty core stage has been losing altitude since last week, and experts estimated its dry mass to be around 18 to 22 tonnes.

Long March 5 rockets have been integral to China’s near-term space ambitions – from the delivery of modules and crew of its planned space station to launches of exploratory probes to the moon and even Mars. The Long March launched last week was the second deployment of the 5B variant since its maiden flight in May last year.

In May 2020, pieces from the first Long March 5B fell on Ivory Coast, damaging several buildings. No injuries were reported.

Debris from Chinese rocket launches is not uncommon within China. In late April, authorities in the city of Shiyan, Hubei Province, issued a notice to people in the surrounding county to prepare for evacuation as parts were expected to land in the area.

“The Long March 5B re-entry is unusual because during launch, the first stage of the rocket reached orbital velocity instead of falling down range as is common practice,” the Aerospace Corporation said in a blog post.

The core stage of the first Long March 5B that returned to Earth last year weighed nearly 20 tonnes, surpassed by debris from the Columbia space shuttle in 2003, the Soviet Union’s Salyut 7 space station in 1991, and Nasa’s Skylab in 1979.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/09/chinese-rocket-debris-earth-indian-ocean

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Dcube212: 7:39am On May 09
Hnnnm
That moment when you see heavy object descending from the sky as fisherman. God is indeed a saviour

Anyway, I will Design Logo or Letterhead for 2k Only.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by zolajpower: 7:40am On May 09
Your caption should have started with BREAKING NEWS

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Bornsinner7: 7:40am On May 09
E no land for Abuja again??

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by 1Alex: 7:41am On May 09
pictures or the thing never fall

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by HungryLion231: 7:42am On May 09
Our corrupt politicians n legislators in Abuja can now rest their mind Now.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by SmartProf(m): 7:43am On May 09
1Alex:
pictures or the thing never fall
Oga nothing stops you from being among the scientists that will generate the pictures u are seeking for.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by TruthHurts1(m): 7:44am On May 09
Some people will actually be disappointed


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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Vyzz: 7:51am On May 09
cheesy
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by opalu: 7:55am On May 09
Okay
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:55am On May 09
Long story last!

Thank God no innocent life was lost.

But how all of us @MANNA wish this Rocket fall on top the heads of all Boko Haram, ipob terrorist organizations, evil Herdsmen, Unknown Gunmen, kidnappers, criminals, Bandits and all evil vices terrorising our nation.

All of una no go dey spare for the next one.
Animalistic swines na one rocket go settle una matter las las.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Dagger111(m): 7:55am On May 09
I was there, i saw it.
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Swiperite: 7:56am On May 09
Cool
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by femmyapson(m): 7:56am On May 09
Dagger111:
I was there, i saw it.
In your dreams right
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by luluosas(m): 7:56am On May 09
At last
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Righteousness2(m): 7:57am On May 09
I Have a Feeling that the incident of the Tower of Babel in the Bible is what played out in this Chinese rocket event.

In the Tower of Babel, humans decided to build a house that will reach to Heaven. Truly , they began to Build. ALMIGHTY BABA looked from above and said, if I leave this People , they will accomplish what they desire. BABA quickly Switched the tongues of everyone working on site. Na so project scatter!

I Believe ALMIGHTY BABA did something similar on this China Rocket. I Believe HE did it to tame man's Pride.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Damidave1124(m): 7:57am On May 09
Na aso rock the thing for land ooo
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by dahnimoh(m): 7:57am On May 09
Ok
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Aflix(m): 7:57am On May 09
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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by younghartz(m): 7:57am On May 09
Was literally worried last night but I was 70% sure it will fall into the ocean

DenreleDave:


U don't av a job, if nt u wunt be worried...

Were u thinking it will fall in Nigeria of all countries

Whoa!
Have a nice day

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Muyiwaipere(m): 7:57am On May 09
Oh God ...when I was waiting for Sahara Reporters to give Breaking news this morning

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Golan007: 7:58am On May 09
grin
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Julianaa: 7:58am On May 09
Blaming Desmond Elliot

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Shuzzi(m): 7:58am On May 09
Chai too bad....
What a waste of a crash cry

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by noobs123: 7:58am On May 09
Most of these politicians have already left Abuja to their various village for an impromptu visit. Fear of debris.

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Xiaomi1(m): 7:58am On May 09
Ok
Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by BruncleZuma: 7:58am On May 09
grin grin grin grin

Nigerian bloggers get special place for hell

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by nairalee(m): 7:59am On May 09
Just when we were praying for it to land on ASO ROCK and kill all our bad leaders... Chaiii If Wishes were Debris....

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by rowland545(m): 7:59am On May 09
Y.....wat happened to aso rock were I wanted it to land or red and green chambers ....they r rubber stamp so no one will really miss them


I guess man proposes and God disposes.....hope I got DAT right

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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by Generalwoodz(m): 7:59am On May 09
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Re: Debris From Chinese Rocket Eventually Crashes Into Indian Ocean by DenreleDave(m): 7:59am On May 09
Fine..

Another war will start between China and India

Why can't it fall inside Chinese Ocean, why Indian ocean...?

China and trouble seeking Sha...

India will show them how fight is the way they show us in their movie... The likes of Shar khan and khan family, krishna, Kapoor family will represent India in the fight..


China will bring their tai chi master like jetli Jackie Chan, Donnie yen and co to represent them..


Lemmme grab my popcorn as the fight starts


grin grin grin grin grin grin

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