A large portion of a Chinese rocket returned the Earth’s atmosphere and crumbled over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered theory over where the 18-ton item would descend.
The Chinese rocket Long March 5B has reportedly reentered into Earth’s atmosphere and crashed in the Indian Ocean.
Authorities in Beijing had said there was little danger from the freefalling portion of the Long March-5B rocket, which had launched the first module of China’s new space station into Earth circle on April 29.
China Manned Space Engineering Office said in a statement, “After monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 (0224 GMT) on May 9, 2021, the last-stage wreckage of the Long March 5B Yao-2 launch vehicle has re-entered the atmosphere”.
It added that the majority of the portion broke down and was annihilated during re-emergence.
Checking service Space-Track, which utilizes US military information, additionally affirmed the re-emergence.
“Everyone else following the #LongMarch5B re-entry can relax. The rocket is down,” it tweeted.
“We believe the rocket went down in the Indian Ocean, but are waiting on official data from @18SPCS,” it added in a separate tweet, referring to a squadron of the US Space Force.
“We accept the rocket went down in the Indian Ocean, yet are looking out for true information from @18SPCS,” it included a different tweet, alluding to a group of the US Space Force.