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China’s rocket falls on Earth; NASA states no information about the rocket was shared

On Saturday, a Chinese rocket crashed down to Earth over the Indian Ocean, according to NASA, which said Beijing had not provided the “precise trajectory information” required to determine where potential debris may fall.

The Long March 5B rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at around 12:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday (1645 GMT), according to U.S. Space Command, although it deferred inquiries to China regarding “reentry’s technical features such as potential debris dispersal hit location.”

#USSPACECOM can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on 7/30. We refer you to the #PRC for further details on the reentry’s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal+ impact location,” tweeted U.S Space Command.

“All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said (According to Reuters). “Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth.”