A Chinese missile fell out of control in the Indian Ocean after “space debris lit up the night sky” over Malaysia.
The US Space Command confirmed the rocket’s re-entry over the Indian Ocean at 5.45 p.m. GMT, reports American sun.
In a tweet, the space agency said: “USSPACECOM can confirm the entry of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) through the Indian Ocean at approximately 10.45 AM CST (Mountain Daylight Savings Time) on July 30.
“We refer you to #PRC for more details on technical aspects of re-entry such as potential debris spread + impact site.”
Chinese officials have yet to confirm the exact details of the crash.
Stunning footage shows the spacecraft disintegrating over Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The wreck is believed to have fallen into the Indian Ocean, but it may have also hit the Malaysian town of Bintulu.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell tweeted: “Space Force has now confirmed the decay at 1651 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time or Greenwich Mean Time) around 113E 3 N (Bintulu, Sarawak).
The experts tried to plot the trajectory of the huge missile as it made an unexpected re-entry.
The aerospace company explained in a graph that the return can occur anywhere along two paths.
On one potential path, the missile would first appear over the Indian Ocean before sweeping south, down southern Africa and across the southern Atlantic.
It would then have been spotted near the city of São Paulo in Brazil, which has a population of more than 12 million.
Then, it would sweep the northwest through South America along the west coast of Mexico and the United States.
On this route, it would have passed near San Diego, which has a population of about 1.4 million people, and Los Angeles, where nearly 4 million people live.
Then it will deviate towards the Pacific Ocean.
In the second demonstration, the scientists said the missile would sweep past Japan before heading south and passing over countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
After that, it would have risen across the Indian Ocean before falling back into the South Atlantic.
The Beijing government said earlier this week that the missile posed little danger to anyone on the ground.
The Long March 5B blasted off Sunday to deliver a lab unit to a new Chinese space station under construction in orbit.
It is the third flight of China’s most powerful missile since it was first launched in 2020.
Independent analysts in the United States said Wednesday that the missile is large enough that many parts of it are likely to survive its fiery entry into rain debris over an area about 2,000 kilometers long and about 70 kilometers wide.
Aviation analyst Ted Muelhaupt told reporters at a news briefing that the overall risk to people and property on the ground was “fairly low.”
That’s because 75 percent of the Earth’s surface in the debris’s likely path is water, desert, or forest.
However, the possibility of parts of the missile falling over a populated area does exist.
This story originally appeared on The US Sun and is reproduced with permission.
Originally published as a Chinese missile seen darting back to Earth in a video