Debris from 23-ton Chinese missile falls to Earth over Pacific Ocean

A 23-ton piece of space debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket launch landed safely in the south-central Pacific Ocean after raising questions about where it will land once again.

The massive piece of debris in question was left over from the core stage of a Long March 5B rocket used to launch the third and last section to China Tiangong Space Station on Monday (October 31). As in previous launches of the same rocket, China allowed the center stage to reach orbit with no way to push itself back to Earth in a safe manner. This happens a somewhat common occurrenceas the Long March 5B was not designed with features that would allow it to be safely removed after launch.

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