The remnants of the Chinese
Long March 5B
re-entered the Earth's atmosphere at 10.24 (2.24 GMT) this morning and
fell to 72.47 degrees east longitude and 2.65 degrees north latitude
, the China Office of Manned Space Engineering has announced.
The coordinates would be
around the Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean
, south of India, points out the local press, while the agency assures that most of the remains disintegrated when colliding with the Earth's atmosphere.
The size of the object,
with an estimated mass of between 17 and 21 tons
and a size of approximately 30 meters, and the speed at which it was moving -
about 28,000 kilometers per hour
- motivated the activation of several of the most important space surveillance services. of the world, including the
the European Union Space Surveillance and Tracking Service
This agency already warned on Friday that the debris or "debris" of the rocket would fall in a region of the Earth covered for the most part by the ocean or uninhabited areas, and that the statistical probability of an impact on the ground in populated areas was low.
For its part, China also asserted on Friday that it
was "highly unlikely" that the debris from the rocket caused damage
on its return to Earth and that it was most likely that it would disintegrate during its re-entry into the atmosphere.
Some local Chinese media went even further and accused the foreign press of sensationalism, and portals such as Sina or Guanwang described the information published in this regard as
"exaggerations that only seek to discredit the Asian country
The rocket was used last week by China to
launch one of the modules of its future space station into space
and was considered by experts as one of the largest pieces of debris that would re-enter the atmosphere, hence its continued surveillance.
In this sense, US experts criticized that the Chinese special program
allowed the uncontrolled re-entry of such a large rocket
, and it was not the first time that a Chinese ship has been in the crosshairs of surveillance services around the world.
For example, in April 2018 the
, which had been in disuse since 2016 and was roaming uncontrollably through space, re-entered Earth's atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean.
On that occasion, as on this occasion, the reentry was reported in real time to civil protection services throughout Europe.
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