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‘Uncontrollable Descent:’ Chinese Rocket Re-enters Atmosphere

Chinese State media reported that parts of the 18-tons heavy object re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time (0224 GMT) and landed at a location with the coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north.

Debris from the Long March 5B Yao-2, the Chinese rocket crash landed in Indian Ocean near Maldives during the wee hours on Sunday.

Chinese State media reported that parts of the 18-tons heavy object re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time (0224 GMT) and landed at a location with the coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north.

According to the New York Times, “In recent decades, rocket stages that reach orbit typically fire the engine again after releasing their payloads so that they drop out of orbit, aimed at an unoccupied area like the middle of an ocean. China did not elect to do that for this launch, and so that large booster headed back uncontrollably.”

The Long March deployed on 29 April was second of the 5B variant since its maiden flight in 2020.

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