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China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry

China Space Station
Posted at 9:37 PM, May 08, 2021

BEIJING (AP) — China’s space agency says most of the core segment of its rocket burned up before landing in the Indian Ocean.

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said earlier that the rocket's design will ensure it would be largely destroyed during the re-entry process, “which has a very low probability of causing harm to aviation activities and the ground."

Last May, another Chinese rocket fell uncontrolled into the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa.

Usually, discarded core, or first-stage, rockets reenter soon after liftoff, normally over water, and don’t go into orbit like this one did.