The world watched and waited as debris from China’s largest rocket returned to Earth, falling into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. People in Oman and Jordan captured video footage as the rocket entered the atmosphere, burning and appearing as a bright light in the sky.
You can watch the footage here or later in this post. The Long March 5B launched from China’s Hainan island on April 29.
Here’s what you need to know:
Video Footage From Jordan & Oman Showed the Rocket Crashing to Earth as a Bright Light in the Sky
Video captured in Jordan showed the remnants of China’s rocket falling through the sky, appearing like a bright light. The video was shared with the Associated Press and Reuters. Most of the rocket burned up in the atmosphere, according to the Chinese state media and the China Manned Space Engineering Office. The Chinese government did not release the exact location where the debris landed. Witnesses who captured the footage corroborated the account that the majority of the debris had burned up as it entered Earth’s atmosphere.
The coordinates released by the Chinese state media, referencing the China Manned Space Engineering Office account, indicated the point of impact was in the Indian ocean, west of the Maldives, according to Reuters. The rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 a.m. Beijing time, or 2:24 a.m. GMT, landing at the coordinates of longitude 72.47 degrees east and latitude 2.65 degrees north, according to Reuters.
“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,” it said in a statement on its website.