And the US space agency (NASA) has silenced China for not following standards for responsible space behavior. It did so after the wreck of the Long March 5B bomber landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives on Sunday.
As Fox News reported, igniting missile fragments have been observed that have entered Earth’s atmosphere, among other things. In Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Bill Nelson, the director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), stressed on Sunday that China is not meeting its “space debris” criteria. He added that all countries active in space should be transparent in their procedures regarding returning their bodies from space to reduce the risk to people and their property.
Nelson warned that “it is absolutely imperative that China, other countries and commercial actors act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the long-term safety, stability and sustainability of space operations.”
The official Chinese News Agency (Xinhua) said it entered the airspace again on Sunday at 10:24 Beijing time (04:24 Polish time).
“The vast majority of fragments (missiles) were burned after entering the atmosphere,” the report said.
Fox News reports that comments on social media ranged from jokes to sighs of relief after confirming that the missile had fallen after its uncontrolled landing.
The body weighing between 17 and 22 tons and about 30 meters was the main component of the Long March 5B missile launched from the Chinese spaceport on April 29 for the launch of one of the main units of the future Chinese space station Tiangong (Celestial Palace).
Usually the first portion of the missile detaches shortly after takeoff and falls instantly into the ocean. In the case of Long 5B March, this part was separated from the rest of the car after its launch in Earth orbit, so that this part of the missile continued to orbit around the Earth for several days, and lost its speed, and only on Sunday will the uncontrolled return to it.
The main part of the missiles is one of the largest space debris to ever hit Earth. China plans 10 more launches to bring more Tianong station elements into orbit.
Andrzej Dobrowolsky from New York