Space agency confirms detection of Chinese rocket debris in Malaysian airspace

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MYSA said the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysian airspace and was detected in several areas, including airspace around the state of Sarawak. —Facebook photo via Borneo Post

Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:36 AM MYT

KUCHING, July 31 – The Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) has confirmed that debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket was detected in Malaysian airspace around 00:55 this morning.

In a statement released today, MYSA said the burnt debris would have fallen into the Sulu Sea.

“The rocket debris ignited while entering Earth’s airspace and the movement of the flaming debris also passed through Malaysian airspace and was detected in several areas, including crossing the airspace around the state. of Sarawak,” added MYSA.

MYSA, in an earlier statement on July 29, said debris from Chinese Long March 5B rockets was unlikely to land in Malaysia.

The agency said the reentry of the rocket remnants was expected between July 30 and August 1.

The Long March 5B rocket launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang, China on July 24 to send the 23,000 kg Wentian module to the Tiangong Space Station.

Although the Long March 5B rocket is huge, MYSA said most of the debris would be burned up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, with only smaller fragments landing on Earth.

He also advised members of the public not to touch, move, take or destroy any object suspected of being from the re-entry incident, but to contact the 999 hotline immediately.

“Do not make any announcements or spread false news regarding the back-to-school incident,” he said on July 29. – Borneo Post

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