Out-of-control Chinese rocket crash lands in Indian Ocean as ‘debris lights up the night sky over Malaysia’ ~ July 31, 2022
AN out-of-control Chinese rocket has crash-landed in the Indian Ocean after space debris “lit up the night sky” over Malaysia.
US Space Command confirmed the rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at 5.45pm BST.
In a tweet, the space agency said: “USSPACECOM can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on 7/30.
“We refer you to the #PRC for further details on the re-entry’s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal+ impact location.”
Chinese officials are yet to confirm the exact details of the crash.
It’s believed debris landed in the Indian Ocean but may have also struck the Malaysian town of Bintulu.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell tweeted: “Now Space Force has confirmed decay at 1651 UTC approx 113E 3 N (Bintulu, Sarawak).
“(When they give +- 1 min, they say ‘projected’ but they mean ‘we saw it’).”
Experts had tried to plot the trajectory of the massive rocket as it made an unpredictable re-entry.