On Friday, November 4, NASA criticized the Chinese regime for its irresponsible move allowing an uncontrolled rocket to plummet to Earth.

According to Bloomberg, NASA administrator Bill Nelson issued a statement, saying, “Once again, the People’s Republic of China is taking unnecessary risks with the uncontrolled rocket stage reentry of their Long March 5B rocket stage.”

He added, “They did not share specific trajectory information, which is needed to predict landing zones and reduce risk.” 

It is the fourth time a Chinese Long March 5B rocket has fallen to Earth uncontrollably since its first launch in May 2020, raising concerns every time the debris hits Earth. 

Unlike other space-faring countries that allow their reentry of rocket body debris to fall into oceans, China is the only nation that lets its returning rocket boosters go without any control.

The Chinese rocket stage is enormous, with a height of a 10-story building and weighing about 22 tons.

The Washington Post said the possibility of casualties from the falling debris was between one in 230 to one in 1,000. The risk is much higher than the common international standard, which says that the chance of casualties should not exceed one in 10,000.

But a spokesperson from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Bloomberg on Thursday that Chinese officials were “releasing information to the international society with an open and transparent attitude.”

China launched the rocket on October 31 to deliver the last module for the Chinese space station.

Nelson called on the Chinese regime to act more responsibly in the future.

He said: “It is critical that all space-faring nations are responsible and transparent in their space activities and follow established best practices, especially for the uncontrolled reentry of a large rocket body debris—debris that could very well result in major damage or loss of life.”

On Chinese previous Earth reentries, debris of the rocket fell on several buildings in the Ivory Coast, the Indian Ocean, and the Philippines’ sea.

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