According to the latest reports, China has revealed where the debris from its largest rocket landed. The Chinese state media shared the reports on Sunday, May 9 that the location was the Indian Ocean where the debris from the rocket landed.
The media sources revealed that the debris fell as the rocket ended up re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Before the actual news, many speculated and wanted to know exactly where the debris from the rocket would land.
The state media sources have confirmed that the point of impact is in the Maldives archipelago’s west side. That is where the debris from the Long March 5B rocket hit the ocean.
According to the reports, the people were looking at the Long March 5B taking a flight out of Earth’s atmosphere when it ended up getting blasted. The incident took place back on April 29, when the Chinese space program launched the largest rocket from the Hainan Island in China.
Since then, many speculated where the debris would have landed, but the China Manned Space Engineering Office also provided more information on the matter.
According to the office, most of the debris from the Long March 5B rocket had burnt up in the atmosphere. The media sources reveal that after the take-off and the blast, the debris of the rocket made it back into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The media sources have confirmed that the Long March 5B rocket was the second launch of the rocket ever since May of 2020. The first rocket had been launched in the month of May and now, a variant was to be launched into space to take its place.
According to the sources, the debris from the first Long March 5B rocket had landed into the earth’s atmosphere, and then on the Ivory Coast. The sources revealed that the debris ended up falling on the urban area where it damaged several buildings.
However, no injuries or casualties were reported from the incident and the Chinese government ended up covering the losses for the residents at the Ivory Coast.
As the majority of the Earth’s surface is filled with water, therefore, the chances of debris from the rockets hitting populated areas are very low. This is the reason why it is less likely for any injuries to take place in the process of debris landing.
However, China is being criticized by many countries from around the world for its failure to issue intimations for particular areas. Many criticized how China is not able to predict and speculate in which area the debris would land.
This way, the people and authorities in the particular areas can be put on an alert so they can take precautionary measures.