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Chinese Rocket Debris Hurtles Back to Earth, Drawing NASA Rebuke

  • US says China didn’t share specific trajectory information
  • This was China’s third uncontrolled rocket re-entry since 2020
A Long March 5B rocket at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China's Hainan province.
A Long March 5B rocket at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in southern China's Hainan province.

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Remnants of a massive Chinese rocket fell back to Earth over the Indian Ocean on Saturday, leading US space officials to again criticize China’s lack of information-sharing about its boosters re-entering the atmosphere.

China’s spaceflight agency said the vast majority of wreckage from the last stage of Long March 5B burned up upon re-entry. The US Space Command tweeted that while it could confirm the booster had re-entered over the Indian Ocean, it referred to China for details on technical aspects including impact location.