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Debris of China’s Long March 5B-rocket disintegrates over Indian Ocean

Published on : 9 May, 2021 6:01 pm

Fragments of China’s Long March 5B-rocket, which was launched with the first module for the country’s orbital station in April, entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said. “On May 9, at 10:24 [02:24 GMT] the debris from the Chang Zheng 5B carrier rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, the location where the debris fell into the water is at longitude 72.47 degrees east, latitude 2.65 degrees north (next to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean). Most of the debris burned up upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere,” CMSEO said. On Wednesday, the US Department of Defence had informed that it is tracking the Long March 5B-rocket that is out of control and set to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend. Later on Friday, Beijing dismissed threats posed by the out-of-control rocket, despite concerns raised by experts. In April, China had launched the Long March 5B carrier rocket with the aim for China’s future orbital station. — 02- Death toll from school explosions in Afghan capital soars to 50 KABUL, May 9 (Xinhua) — The death toll has risen to 50, while over 100 others were wounded in three successive explosions outside a girls’ high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the Afghan police confirmed on Sunday. “The nature of one of the blasts was a car bomb explosion. Two other blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) placed at the same location,” Kabul police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz told reporters via a text message. The incident occurred in front of Sayyed-ul-Shuhada High School in Etifaq Township, Police District 13, roughly at 4:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. The attack occurred when students were leaving the building. Most of the victims were school girls while many passers-by were also affected. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. The Taliban militant group has denied the involvement of their insurgents in the incident and accused the Islamic State (IS) militants of the deadly attack. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack and instructed the health officials to provide the best possible medical treatment for the wounded. — Powered By Orson Infotech

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