CHINESE OFFICIALS suggested their country and its space program was being treated unfairly in terms of criticisms of the re-entry of the Long March rocket.
“China has been closely tracking its trajectory and issued statements on the re-entry situation in advance,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told NBC News.
She noted that the reaction to debris from a rocket launched by SpaceX that fell to Earth in Washington and the Oregon coast in March was quite different by comparison.
“American media used romantic rhetoric like ‘shooting stars lighting up the night sky,’” she said. “But when it comes to the Chinese side, it’s a completely different approach.”
“We are willing to work with other countries including the United States to strengthen cooperation in the use of outer space, but we also oppose double standards on this issue.”
Video captured the incredible moment debris from the out of control Chinese rocket crashed down in the Indian Ocean.
China launched its first space station on Thursday in the first of 11 missions that will see a three-person crew sent up by the end of 2022.
The rocket part that broke off as planned and was due to have a controlled re-entry – until Chinese authorities lost the ability to coordinate its landing.
It was circling the Earth and was expected to crash land this weekend, with scientists trying to pinpoint the exact location it will hit, before parts of the Long March 5B re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24am Beijing time.
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