NASA slams China after rocket debris lands near Maldives for ‘failing to meet responsible standards’


NASA rebuked China for failing to meet responsible spacefaring standards after remnants of the nation’s rogue Long March 5B rocket landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives early Sunday.

Sightings of the Chinese rocket debris reentering Earth’s atmosphere and scorching across the pre-dawn skies were reported in Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

CHINA’S ROGUE LONG MARCH 5B ROCKET DEBRIS LANDS IN INDIAN OCEAN: REPORT

“It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson said in a statement.

China's Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province on April 29. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP, File)

China’s Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China’s Hainan Province on April 29. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP, File)

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