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US announced an uncontrolled fall from space of a Chinese launch vehicle | News from Germany about world events | DW

Debris from China’s Long March 5V launch vehicle, which sent an experimental “Wentian” module to the China’s Tiangong orbital station, fell into the Indian Ocean as a result of its uncontrolled return from space to the Earth’s atmosphere. This was announced on Saturday, July 30, by the US Space Command on Twitter.

Head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Bill Nelson accused Beijing of irresponsibility due to the fact that China did not share information about the trajectory of the rocket falling to Earth.

“All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and fulfill their obligation to share such information in advance to ensure reliable forecasting of potential space debris impact risks, especially when it comes to heavy launch vehicles such as the Long March 5B,” he wrote in a statement. Twitter.

China’s ambitious plans for space exploration

The rocket was used to launch the Wentian unmanned module into space last Sunday, July 24th. This is the second of three modules for China’s Tiangong orbital station. The PRC orbital station should become fully operational by the end of 2022, and its service life in Earth orbit should be approximately ten years. In recent years, China has invested billions in its space programsto catch up with the US and Russia.

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