Hyderabad: The US Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron has now confirmed that the Chinese long march rocket CZ-5B-Y2 reentered over the Indian Ocean.
Sharing this to UNI, Planetary Society of India (PSI) Director N Sri Raghunandan Kumar said the exact pinpointed location was not mentioned but they say ‘north of the Maldives’ at 50E 22.2N which is in the Rub al Khali desert of Saudi Arabia.
He said while going around one of its circled journey around the earth this morning this “Rocket Body” flew above Mumbai and Hyderabad in India, before it finally hit the earth.
As this is China Mission. updates from Authentic Sources are slowly coming in 15 mins-60Mins gaps, Mr Kumar said, adding, however, misleading images, videos of previous mission or unrelated re-entry/ movie clips are is being circulated.
Meanwhile, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in a statement with regard to debris splashes down in the Indian Ocean from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket said “Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations.
It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.
It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities,” he added.