The third stage of the Long March-3B rocket launched last year has returned safely to Earth and has resulted in an astonishing surge of fire even into the atmosphere. The return was carried out without damage and without endangering human life. In the state of Maharashtra, India, the chin of everyone who looked up at the sky and saw a ray of light falls.
Many thought that the celestial visitor was guilty, but like him It turns out thatIn fact, they saw a crumbling piece of rocket.
The device was sent from China last February, and no problems were detected at that time, so the chassis was able to fulfill its mission. Problems came later, according to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer, as the piece of the rocket began gradually losing its height.
After launch in February 2021, the rocket stage was left in an elliptical orbit with a perigee of about 150 km and a peak of 34,440 km.
Perigee height, shown here versus time, doesn’t change much until recently pic.twitter.com/d4tHh7CTK5
– Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) 3 April 2022
This is not the first time that there has been a problem with Chinese assets. Two years ago, a 20-ton piece of the Long March-5B crashed in New York City, but it eventually landed off the Ivory Coast and didn’t cause much damage. But in 2019, the situation was even more dangerous when the first rocket launched from the Hsichang spaceport landed and landed in populated areas and homes. The extent of the devastation is shown in this video:
Despite some flawed structures, China is surprisingly good at developing missiles, which has surprised other countries.
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