Long March 5B Re-entry, falls into Indian Ocean (video)


Debris from a large Chinese rocket stage fell into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, late May 8, as people around the world waited and watched for signs of the fiery reentry of the country’s Long March 5B, empty core stage, in the skies above.

Remnants from the roughly 30-meter-long, five-meter-wide empty core stage fell into the Indian Ocean at 10:24 p.m. Eastern… close to longitude 72.47 degrees east, and latitude 2.65 degrees north… China’s human spaceflight agency, C.M.S.E.O. announced.

Data from the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron space tracking later confirmed reentry occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. Eastern over the Arabian Peninsula, adding that “It is still unknown whether the debris impacted land or water.

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