Chinese rocket segment Long March 5B Yao-2 disintegrates over Indian Ocean: state TV
File photo: The Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China’s space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021. (Reuters)
BEIJING: A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth‘s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, state television reported Sunday citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
“After monitoring and analysis, at 10:24 (0224 GMT) on May 9, 2021, the last-stage wreckage of the Long March 5B Yao-2 launch vehicle has reentered the atmosphere, and the landing area is at 72.47° east longitude and 2.65° north latitude,” CCTV said, providing coordinates for a point in the Indian Ocean.