PH Space Agency confirms Chinese rocket debris found off Mamburao coast

Metro Manila  — The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) confirmed Wednesday that the torn metal sheet bearing a portion of China’s flag found in waters off Occidental Mindoro was part of the Chinese rocket launched on July 24.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) retrieved the material, which has markings of the Long March 5B (CZ-5B) rocket, from fishermen who discovered it some 160 kilometers off Mamburao.

“The debris retrieved by PCG Mamburao was identified to be part of the CZ-5B’s payload fairing, which detaches from the rocket as it enters outer space during launch,” PhilSA explained. “These discarded rocket stages are usually designed and planned to shed over specific drop zones.”
The drop zones are typically bodies of water chosen to reduce the risks of remnants falling onto populated areas, explained PhilSA in a statement.
The 23-ton CZ-5B took off from Hainan Island on July 24, carrying the Wentian laboratory module towards China’s space station.

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