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Chinese rocket falls to Earth

Long March 5B rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean. Beijing has not shared specifics on location of debris.

Where: Indian Ocean

The Facts

On Saturday, a Chinese rocket fell back to Earth over the Indian Ocean. Still, NASA has confirmed that Beijing had not yet shared the “specific trajectory information” needed to know where possible debris might fall.
US Space Command stated the Long March 5B rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approximately 12:45 p.m. EDT Saturday (16:45 GMT).
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated, “All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk.”
Nelson added, “Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth.”
The rocket shed its empty 23-ton first stage in orbit, looping the planet over days as it fell back to Earth. Social media users in Malaysia have posted unverified videos of what appears to be rocket debris.

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