The launch of the rocket on July 24. It carried the second module of the Chinese station.
A segment of the Chinese space rocket launched last Sunday made its uncontrolled return to the atmosphere on Saturday and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, the military said. without specifying whether the debris had done any damage.
Space Force Command confirms that the People's Republic of China's Long March-5B rocket has re-enters the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on July 30 at 4:45 p.m. GMT, the US military tweeted.
For details on the dispersion of the debris and the exact location of the impact, the American military referred to the Chinese authorities, which on July 24 launched into space the second of the three modules of its Tiangong space station. , which should be fully operational by the end of the year.
The Long March-5B rocket was not designed to control its descent from orbit, which, as with previous launches, has drawn criticism.
China has not given precise information on the trajectory of their Long March-5B rocket, NASA boss Bill Nelson tweeted on Saturday.
All nations conducting space activities should adhere to best practices, as falling objects of this size pose significant risks of causing loss of life or property, he added.
Entering the atmosphere gives off immense heat and friction, segments may then burn up and disintegrate, but larger craft, like the Long March-5B, may not be entirely destroyed. /p>
Their debris can then land on the surface of the Earth and cause damage and casualties, although this risk is low, the planet being 70% covered in water .
In 2020, debris from another Long March crashed into villages in Ivory Coast, causing damage but not causing damage. injured.
The Asian giant has been investing billions of dollars for several decades in its space program.
China has sent its first astronaut in space in 2003. In early 2019, she landed a machine on the far side of the Moon, a world first.
In 2021, she landed a small robot on Mars and it plans to send men to the Moon by 2030.