A Chinese rocket which recently launched a space station into orbit hurtled back to Earth late Saturday night in an uncontrolled descent, and finally crashed into the ocean near the island nation of the Maldives early Sunday morning.It is believed that most of the debris from the rocket burnt up in the atmosphere, according to Reuters, citing Chinese state media.International reports said that the rocket would fall back to Earth by about 7 a.m. Israel time.
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One Israeli over social media claimed to have seen it in the sky with visible fire, and shared a video to Twitter.
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#TheMoreYouKnow The data sets we use to make predictions are generated when the object we are tracking passes over one of a collection of sensors across the planet. We will know #LongMarch5B is down when it fails to pass over several of these sensors in a row. https://t.co/EmSWNt4DPa
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Astronomer Jonathan McDowell claimed that data indicated it likely reentered somewhere between the Middle East and Australia, and shared several videos on social media from Oman and Haifa, the latter of which seems to be a confirmed sighting.
Claimed observation from Oman which if genuine would imply the reentry was underway with impact over the Indian Ocean https://t.co/Ix6nqUv20d
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The Long March 5B rocket’s descent was “one of the largest instances of uncontrolled reentry” and there were fears it could fall on an inhabited area, SpaceNews reported, although it was more likely to fall in an uninhabited area as most of the Earth is uninhabited, with the odds of a person being hit by space debris sitting at about one in several trillion.
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