The Citizen (Gauteng)

Chinese rocket nose-dives


Beijing – A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegra­ted over the Indian Ocean yesterday, the Chinese space agency said.

The Long March-5B rocket launched the first module of China’s new space station into Earth’s orbit on 29 April.

US space agency Nasa and some experts said China had behaved irresponsi­bly, as an uncontroll­ed re-entry of such a large object risked damage and casualties.

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