China rocket crash-landed in the Atlantic Ocean this week
The remains of a giant segment of a China rocket crash-landed in the Atlantic Ocean this week, representing the most significant human-made space debris in the past years.
The core stage of China’s Long March 5B (CZ–5B) rocket, which was very successfully launched on May 5, and spent long days in the orbit as part of its mission, but before re-entering into the Earth’s atmosphere and falling to Earth, splashing down in ocean water off the west coast of Mauritania in northwest Africa.
The Rocket, which was eventually made confirmed by the 18th Space Control Squadron, a unit of US Air Force, it was notable not just for its huge mass, but also for extent of the window of uncontrolled descent, which also had space object trackers guessing where and when the a out-of-control rocket would eventually land.
“At 17.8 tonnes, the most massive object to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the earth, since the 39-tonne Salyut–7 in 1991, unless you count OV–102 Columbia in 2003,” tweeted astronomer Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.
The de-orbiting of the CZ–5B rocket might have been uncontrolled, that was not unplanned. Throughout the history, space launches have entailed vast amounts of spacecrafts and components re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere as debris, sometimes in controlled either partially controlled manoeuvres, but often in uncontrolled descents.
But some how the rocket crashes into indian ocean and no one is injured, Nasa criticizes the beijing’s handling.