Around and around and around it went…and finally, after much of it burned up breaking into the atmosphere, what was left of a Chinese rocket did land in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. There were no reports of any injuries.
Chinese media confirmed the out-of-control rocket landed Saturday evening in the body of water. The US Space Agency had also been tracking its path – and officials with NASA are criticizing China for a lack of planning with the return to earth.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.” The rocket, which tipped the scales at nearly 40-thousand pounds and measured about 108-feet tall, launched a piece of a new Chinese space station into orbit on April 29th.
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SOURCE: CBS News