Debris from Long March 5B falls into the Indian Ocean

The debris from China’s disintegrating Long March 5B rocket entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday and fell into the ocean.

Remnants of the Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 10.24 am Beijing time and fell into an open sea area at 72.47 degrees east longitude and 2.65 degrees north latitude, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said.

Over the week the were speculations that the descending debris could hit Abuja, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, or Rio de Janeiro. however, according to reports, the scattered pieces of the rocket fall into the Indian Ocean area close to the Maldives.

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The coordinates given by Chinese state media put the point of impact in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.

“The vast majority of the device burned up during the reentry, and the landing area of the debris is around a sea area with the center at 2.65 degrees north latitude and 72.47 degrees east longitude,” it said.

Data from the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron space tracking later confirmed reentry occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. Eastern over the Arabian Peninsula, adding that “It is unknown if the debris impacted land or water.

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The Long March 5B rocket was launched on April 29 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China. It was used to launch the main module of the country’s first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term.

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