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Chinese rocket crashes to Earth uncontrollably, NASA hides risk of ‘loss of life’

Chinese rocket crashes to Earth uncontrollably, NASA hides risk of ‘loss of life’

A Chinese rocket booster has gone down to Earth on Friday morning, falling into the Pacific Ocean.

The US Space Command reported that debris from the Long March 5B rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere over the south-central Pacific Ocean at 4:01 a.m. MDT.

Later, the agency said it could confirm a second atmospheric entry correlated with the missile five minutes later as it exited the Space Command’s area of ​​responsibility over the North Pacific Ocean region.

In response, Spain briefly closed airspace over Catalonia and three other regions, causing hundreds of flight delays.

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China's Mengtian Space Station Laboratory Module and the Long March 5B Y4 launch vehicle at the Wenchang Space Launch Site on October 31, 2022 in Wenchang, China.

China’s Mengtian Space Station Laboratory Module and the Long March 5B Y4 launch vehicle at the Wenchang Space Launch Site on October 31, 2022 in Wenchang, China.
(Hou Yu/China News Service via Getty Images)

China’s most powerful rocket launched into space in October, carrying the Mengtian module into orbit to attach to the base module of the country’s Tiangong space station.

This is not the first time China played roulette with the base stagewhich was allowed to reach orbit without a system to guide it back to a fixed location on Earth.

In fact, it was the fourth uncontrolled re-entry since 2020.

In July, the 25-ton Long March 5B core crashed over the Indian Ocean.

The Long March 5B rocket will lift off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province on October 31, 2022.

The Long March 5B rocket will lift off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan Province on October 31, 2022.
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over the summer, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson spoke strongly against the decision.

In an emailed statement Friday, Nelson reportedly echoed those comments, saying China was taking unnecessary risks by uncontrolled re-entry into the rocket’s stage.

“They didn’t share specific trajectory information, which is needed to predict landing zones and reduce risk. This is The fourth uncontrolled re-entry of the PRC since May 2020and each of these re-entries was the largest in 30 years,” he said. “It is critical that all nations involved in space be accountable and transparent in their space activities and follow established best practices, particularly for uncontrolled re-entry of large debris missile body – debris that could lead to major damage or loss of life.”

Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during a media briefing at NASA headquarters on October 11, 2022 in Washington, DC

Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during a media briefing at NASA headquarters on October 11, 2022 in Washington, DC
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Bloomberg News on Thursday that Chinese officials are “releasing information to the international community with an open and transparent attitude.”

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According to The New York Times, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, on Friday rejected the claim that China’s handling of the missiles was unusual and said that designed with “special technology”.

Fox News Digital’s requests for comment from NASA and the China Manned Space Agency were not immediately returned.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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