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China launches second space station module, Wentian


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China on Sunday launched the second of three modules to its permanent space station, in one of the final missions needed to complete the orbiting outpost by year's end.

A live feed on state broadcaster CCTV showed the 23-tonne Wentian ("Quest for the Heavens") laboratory module launching on the back of China's most powerful rocket, the Long March 5B, at 2:22 p.m. (0622 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Aerospace-Defense/China-launches-second-space-station-module-Wentian

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Chinese booster rocket makes uncontrolled return to Earth

A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday, leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object's descent.

US Space Command "can confirm the People's Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on 7/30," the US military unit said on Twitter.

"We refer you to the #PRC for further details on the reentry's technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal+ impact location," it said.

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-chinese-booster-rocket-uncontrolled-earth.html

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Pieces of Charred Wreckage Scattered Across Southeast Asia Likely From Chinese Rocket

Mysterious large pieces of wreckage were discovered across Southeast Asia over the weekend, and evidence is growing that they came from a Chinese rocket booster that fell to Earth uncontrolled.

The booster of China's 25-ton Long March 5B rocket pushed a new segment of the country's space station into orbit in late July.

Then, instead of pushing itself into the Pacific Ocean – a standard practice called controlled reentry – the booster entered Earth's orbit and slowly lost altitude over the course of a week, ensuring that it would fall randomly in an unpredictable location.

On Saturday, the booster succumbed to gravity and fell to Earth, breaking apart in the atmosphere. Soon photos of scattered objects that appear to be parts of the rocket emerged from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines – along the path of the booster's uncontrolled fall.

https://www.sciencealert.com/large-pieces-of-charred-wreckage-scattered-across-southeast-asia-likely-from-chinese-rocket

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This controlled reentry is NOT a difficult or costly means of saving the risk of damage for others.  The CCP seems intent on spitting on the public of all other space-going nations.  The first time there are casualties or even infrastructure losses, they need to be HAMMERED with sanctions.

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