Tumbling China rocket debris re-enters Earth, crashes into Indian Ocean

The remnants of China's rocket 'Long March 5B' landed into the Indian Ocean near Maldives on Sunday with the bulk of its components already destroyed. The 'out of control' rocket debris was being monitored by the US Defense Department.

Earlier this week, we reported that the rocket was set to re-enter the Earth without a clear location this weekend. 

The Long March 5B is one of the most ambitious projects of China to join the United States in landing a spacecraft on the red planet Mars. This is among many such equally important space projects by China to progress.

Last year, in a similar crash, the debris of Long March 5B flight fell on Ivory Coast damaging many houses and property in the village. It marked the largest craft crash since 1979.

Fortunately, this time the remnants of 22 tonnes rocket fell into the ocean with minimal damage. According to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, the point of impact in the Ocean has been zeroed at the west of Maldives archipelago. China commented, "very little risk for the objects on the ground."

Despite many efforts by the scientists, such incidents could not be avoided. Most of the time the debris does not enter the Earth and are regulated near the orbit. But, the objects are constantly falling off the orbit into the Earth affecting the environment.

There are no official laws for the regulation of rocket trash. The rockets like the 18 metric ton Long March continue to threaten the property and humans.

Image credits: spacenews.in

by Tapasya Iyer | Sun, May 09 - 02:45 PM

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