Chinese rocket falls apart in orbit after successful satellite launch

(ORDO NEWS) — China’s Long March 6A rocket launched on Friday (November 11) from the Taiyuan Cosmodrome in northern China and successfully launched the Yunhai-3 environmental monitoring satellite into orbit.

However, the mission did not go according to plan: the spent rocket stage fell apart in space and broke up into about 50 parts.

So at an altitude of about 500 kilometers above the Earth, that is, slightly above the orbit of the ISS, where some Starlink satellites are located, a decent amount of space debris has been added, which now threatens the satellites.

The fragments of the Chinese rocket, of course, will return to the Earth’s atmosphere a few years later. And, most likely, they will burn up in the atmosphere when they try to reach the earth’s surface.

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