Chinese Rocket Debris Falls in the Maldives



UMMATIMES - The debris of China's Long March rocket, which was declared out of control on May 7, fell to earth in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives on Sunday.

Some of the debris returned to earth at 10:24 p.m. Chinese time, according to a statement from the China Manned Aerospace Engineering Office. Most of the rockets caught fire on landing in the sea, officials said.

The Long March 5B Y2 was launched on April 29 to bring the core module, Tianhe, of China's National Space Administration into orbit. Tianhe separated from the launcher core stage after 492 seconds of flight, directly entering the planned initial orbit.

China admitted on May 7 that debris from its homemade rocket "fell back to earth". China's upcoming T-shaped space station says the debris may re-enter Earth's atmosphere on or around May 9-10.