Huge pieces of Chinese rocket fell to Earth in different places
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Huge pieces of Chinese rocket fell to Earth in different places

In various parts of Southeast Asia, large fragments from a Chinese rocket which crashed to Earth on Saturday were found.

On Saturday, July 30, the main stage of Long March 5V’s 25-ton Long March 5V rocket crashed into Earth uncontrollably. It re-entered the atmosphere above the Indian Ocean. Experts say that while most of the launch vehicle was destroyed in the fall, a substantial portion – between 20% and 40% – did not explode.

Parts of a booster rocket were discovered by residents of several villages in Indonesia and Malaysia. Some parts are as large as 5×2 m. According to reports, nobody was injured. Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, announced this.

The Long March-5V rocket launched on July 24. It sent a new module into orbit to the Chinese space station Tiangong. This is currently under construction. The rocket’s main stage was launched in orbit with the module and fell to Earth.

Large rockets are unique in their uncontrollable and unpredictable fall from orbit. Other large main stage rockets land in the ocean, on uninhabited land, or are returned to the manufacturer for future use.

This strategy has been criticized by many in the space community. For this controlled re-entry to take place, there had to be enough propellant onboard. It would be a responsible act,” stated Darren McKnight (senior technical officer at LeoLabs, a California-based tracking company).

Huge pieces of Chinese rocket fell to Earth in different places
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