China receives no damage report after rocket returns to atmosphere – world


Kyodo News

Beijing, China ●
Tue 11 May 2021

China, rocket, atmosphere, debris

China said on Monday there were no reports of damage on the ground after the country’s large rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and its debris fell into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives the day before. .

“China has followed its path closely and has released statements on the re-entry situation in advance,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. “There was no need for some media to exaggerate and cause panic.”

The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, which carried the core module of China’s first orbiting space station, lifted off from the southern island province of Hainan on April 29. The central stage of the rocket is approximately 30 meters long.

Part of the rocket landed at a location whose coordinates are 72.47 degrees east longitude and 2.65 degrees north latitude on Sunday morning, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Chinese Space Engineering Bureau. inhabited.

The US Space Command said it had confirmed that the rocket debris had returned over the Arabian Peninsula, adding: “It is not known whether the debris touched land or water.”

Experts had warned that its uncontrolled re-entry could pose a danger, but China said the possibility of harming air activities or people on the ground was “extremely low.”

While China said most of the components would be removed and destroyed during the re-entry process, the United States criticized the Communist-led government for not fully handling the rocket’s return to Earth. .

With the aim of developing new materials and promoting the study of biosciences, China is expected to continue sending modules to complete the construction of the country’s first space station, named Tiangong, by the end of 2022.

The basic cabin module will accommodate three crew members for an extended period in the future.

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