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US News A Chinese rocket has disintegrated above the Indian Ocean

18:20  31 july  2022
18:20  31 july  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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U N Segment of the Chinese space rocket launched last Sunday made its uncontrolled return in the atmosphere on Saturday and s 'Is disintegrated above the Indian Ocean, confirmed the Chinese space agency, American officials accusing Beijing for not having shared its information on this potentially dangerous descent.

In a press release published on its official WeChat profile, the Chinese space agency gave the coordinates of the impact: in the Sea of ​​Sulu, about 57 kilometers off the east coast of the island of Palawan in the Philippines.

"Most of its devices were destroyed" during the descent, said the agency about the extra rocket, which was used last Sunday to launch the second of the three modules that China needed to complete its New Tiangong space station, which should be fully operational by the end of the year.

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The return to the atmosphere of the Chinese rocket had been announced several hours earlier by the US military.

"The command of the force of space confirms that the long march rocket of the People's Republic of China returned to the atmosphere above the Indian Ocean on July 30" at 4:45 pm GMT, had tweeted the American army.

The Malaysian space agency said it had detected debris from the rocket burning before falling into the Sulu Sea, northeast of Borneo Island.

"The debris of the rocket caught fire when entering terrestrial airspace and the movement of fire debris also crossed the Malaysian airspace and could be detected in several areas, in particular by crossing the airspace around From the state of Sarawak, "she said.


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Critiques

Critiques long rocket-5b rocket in orbit. orbit, which, as in previous launches, aroused criticism.

China "did not give precise information on the trajectory of their long march rocket-5b," tweeted the boss of NASA on Saturday, Bill Nelson.

"All nations carrying out spatial activities should respect exemplary practices" because the fall of objects of this size "presents significant risks of provoking human or material losses", he added that the sharing of Information was "essential" for "responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on earth".

Entrance into the atmosphere gives off immense heat and causes friction, segments can then burn and disintegrate, but the biggest machines, like the long step-5b, may not be entirely destroyed.

Their debris can then land on the surface of the earth and cause damage and make victims, even if this risk is low, the planet being covered with 70% of water.

In 2020, debris from another long step had crashed on villages in Côte d'Ivoire, causing damage, but without doing injuries.

The Asian giant has been investing billions of euros for several decades in its space program.

The Tiangong space station is one of the jewels of this program.

China sent its first astronaut in space in 2003. She posed a machine on the hidden side of the moon in early 2019. In 2021, she landed a small robot on Mars and plans to send men to the moon to 2030.

31/07/2022 13:14:51-Washington (AFP)-© 2022 AFP

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