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Giant Chinese rocket crashes near Maldives


China’s giant Long March 5B rocket dived into the atmosphere today uncontrollably as expected. It was stated that a large part of the rocket was mixed with ashes during the entrance to the atmosphere.

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The Long March 5B, China’s stray rocket in orbit, has finally completed its entry into the atmosphere. According to the statements made, the wreckage of the 21-ton rocket fell in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, where it was expected  . 

The Chinese space agency , which interestingly preferred to remain silent throughout the process, made some statements about the issue today after the rocket crashed. Chinese researchers said the rocket entered the atmosphere over the Mediterranean and flew over the Middle East, crashing into the ocean near the Maldives. The residents of the region also shared their observations of the rocket’s fall moments on social media.

It is stated that the vast majority of Long March 5B was buried in ashes upon entry into the atmosphere. The possibility that some of the remains have fallen to the surface in the Maldives, which consists of 1192 islands, has also been evaluated, but this does not seem to be the case at this time. Thus, the Long March 5B incident, which was closely followed by the whole world, especially in the last week, ended without any loss of life or property.

Making some statements after the landing, the US space agency NASA accused China of irresponsibility, which left the giant rocket in orbit . The space agency said China has failed to comply with responsible standards in this area.

China used the Long March 5B rocket to launch the Tiangong-3 space station into orbit last month . Such rockets usually return to the surface and land in the ocean without settling in orbit. However, China did something somewhat irresponsible here, as NASA put it, and took the Long March 5B directly into orbit and then chose to take the hand and the rest to chance.

 Scientists had difficulty in predicting the landing location until the last hours, as the giant rocket was moving in orbit  at speeds of up to 30 thousand kilometers per hour . Although the possibility of the Indian Ocean has been spoken for the past few days, a precise region could not be pointed out.

Scientist Johnathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics noted that the Long March 5B is the fourth heaviest man-made object  to enter the atmosphere uncontrolled . The first three rows are as follows:

  • Skylab weighing 83 tons: Crashed in July 1979 near Australia and the Indian Ocean.
  • The 50-ton Saturn V rocket fragment crashed into the Atlantic Ocean north of Madeira in January 1975.
  • Salyut 7 space station weighing 43 tons: crashed in the Pacific Ocean near Argentina in February 1991.
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