Chinese rocket back on Earth

Debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere over the Maldives and landed in the Indian ocean at 10:24 p.m. last night.
1:16 | 05/09/21

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learning overnight about the space debris plummeting back to Earth. Rob Marciano is here with the latest. Good morning. Reporter: The world has been anxiously watching and waiting for this moment, and overnight, it happened. That chines rocket, the long March 5b as it's called finally came crashing back down to Earth. China's space agency says it happened around 10:24 last night, but it entered the atmosphere over the Maldives over the Indian ocean. The U.S. Space station says their calculation says it happened over the Arabian peninsula. We don't know where it happened, and how much burned in the atmosphere, hopefully most of it, but it's huge. Some of the biggest space junk ever to re-enter the atmosphere. It's ten stories tall, 23 tons. People all over the world were watching it. Here's a glimpse of it over fuji city, Japan. You can see it from the ground. The rocket launched a section of the Chinese space station at the end of April. Now usually these things, they fall back down to Earth after the mission. This thing made it all the way up into orbit and stayed there for two weeks. Now nasa says that nations playing in the space rays, they need to minimize risk and maximize transparency, neither of which China has done. Excuse me. Space junk is generally becoming a problem. 20,000 pieces of it out there flying around the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour, Dan. It is a problem, no question about it and something we're going to continue to deal with going forward. Rob, thank you very much.

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