The uncontrolled wreckage of China’s Long March 5B carrier rocket fell back to Earth, and NASA said China did not share specific information about the fall of the debris in response to the re-entry of the last stage of the Long March 5B.

According to The U.S. Space Command, on July 30, debris from a Chinese Long March 5B rocket’s first stage made a fiery re-entry into the atmosphere above the Indian Ocean. Some rocket debris landed in the sea near the Philippines. People in Sarawak, a province of Malaysia, also reported sightings of the rocket debris on social media.

The debris was roughly 98-feet-long, over 16-feet-wide and weighed over 24 tons. NASA also referred to China for details on technical aspects, including impact location.

On July 31, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson commented on the situation via Twitter, “The People’s Republic of China did not share specific trajectory information as their Long March 5B rocket fell back to Earth.”

He added that all space-faring nations should share information in advance to allow reliable predictions, especially for heavy-lift vehicles, like the Long March 5B, which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property.

According to Bloomberg, In the days before the crash, Western space experts warned about the uncontrolled descent of the rocket. However, China has dismissed Western concerns over debris, calling it a smear effort as the U.S.-China space race escalates.

This is the third uncontrolled entry of a Chinese rocket booster since 2020. In May 2021, pieces of another Long March rocket landed in the Indian Ocean. Nelson lamented China’s handling of space debris and lack of transparency.

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