A Chinese rocket began an uncontrolled descent to Earth, preventing until the last moment scientists from predicting the point of its fall. It crashed into Earth on Saturday.
The central stage of the Chinese Long March 5B launcher finally fell into the Indian Ocean on Saturday July 30. In the end, the stage of the Long March-5B (LM-5B) rocket – whose weight is approaching 22.5 tons – did not completely breaks down on entering the atmosphere. And there in the Indian Ocean, around 6:45 in the evening, the dreaded impact happened. The exact drop point and impact size of the debris is still unknown.
It is the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), one of the eleven joint combat commands of the United States armed forces, responsible for space operations, that made the announcement on Saturday.
#USSPACECOM can confirm that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered the Indian Ocean at approximately 10:45 am MDT on 7/30. We refer you to #PRC for more details on technical aspects of re-entry such as possible location of debris dispersal+ impact.
— US Space Command (@US_SpaceCom) July 30, 2022
The 23-ton Chinese rocket, which took off from Hainan Island on July 24 to carry a module to the Chinese orbital space station, began its descent to Earth described as “uncontrollable”.