Long March 5B Chinese Rocket falls back to earth, Debris lands in Indian Ocean, Know all about it
Long March 5B Chinese Rocket fall back to earth, Bebris lands in Indian Ocean, Know all about it
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Long March 5B Chinese Rocket falls back to earth, Debris lands in Indian Ocean, Know all about it

Remnants of China’s biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with the bulk of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Chinese state media, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit.

What is Long March 5B?

The Long March 5B was launched on April 29 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China. It’s mission was to carry a module containing living quarters for a future Chinese station into orbit. But after completing that task, the body of the rocket is now circling the Earth and will soon re-enter the lower atmosphere.

What happened to Long March 5B? Why in the News

The 98-foot-long, 20-ton section rocket launched on April 29 carried part of the country’s new space station. Debris from a rocket launched by China crashed back to Earth on Sunday, landing in the Indian Ocean, according to Chinese state media. Debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket, which was travelling at nearly 29,000 kmph, has crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. Most of the debris burned up in the atmosphere, the China Manned Space Engineering office said. It is one of the largest pieces of space debris to return to Earth.

The Long March was the second deployment of the 5B variant since its maiden flight in May 2020. Last year, pieces from the first Long March 5B fell on Ivory Coast, damaging several buildings. No injuries were reported.

KEY POINTS

  • The Long March 5B was launched on April 29 at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China.
  • It’s mission was to carry a module containing living quarters for a future Chinese station into orbit.
  • But after completing that task, the body of the rocket is now circling the Earth and will soon re-enter the lower atmosphere.

How big is China rocket debris?

It is one of the largest pieces of space debris to return to Earth, with experts estimating its dry mass to be around 18 to 22 tonnes.

Long March 5

Long March 5, also known as Chang Zheng 5, is a Chinese heavy-lift launch vehicle developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. It is the first Chinese launch vehicle designed to use exclusively non-hypergolic liquid propellants.

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