The Chinese Long March 5B rocket has re-entered the earth’s atmosphere from the Arabian Peninsula.
This was confirmed in a statement on Sunday May 9, 2021, by the United States Space Command.
USSC stated that the Chinese Long March 5B re-entered over the Arabian Peninsula at approximately 10:15 p.m. EDT on May 8.
“It is unknown if the debris impacted land or water,” the statement reads.
The Command, however, said it would not give in depth details about the impact of the machine on the area.
“USSPACECOM does not conduct direct notifications to individual governments. The exact location of the impact and the span of debris, both of which are unknown at this time, will not be released by U.S. Space Command,” the statement adds.
But China state media reports that the debris of the rocket landed at the Indian Ocean, while part of it disintegrated on air.
It was earlier reported that the Chinese Government had notified the world that one of its rockets in space was crashing back to the earth.
China’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, told the press on Friday that “Most parts of the upper stage of Long March-5B Y2 rocket will burn up upon re-entry, which is in line with international common practice.”
But NBS reported that, “Scientists say the risk of it killing anyone after it re-enters the planet’s atmosphere is small but not impossible.
“There is a tiny chance the debris could hit New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, the Nigerian capital of Abuja or Beijing. It will more likely land in an ocean or the wilderness.
China’s space agency said most of the booster’s mass burned up while tearing through the atmosphere, and the rest fell into the ocean, but the U.S. Space Command said it’s unclear whether debris hit land or plunged into water.
The Arabian Peninsula consists of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen and parts of Iraq and Jordan.