- @CNSpaceFlight via Twitter
China’s recent launch of two navigation satellites created a massive fireball near a residential area of in the central part of the country – and a video captured the entire thing.
China has been accelerating its space program and launching satellites with indigenously made rockets. A video posted to Twitter shows a stage of the rocket, or one of the parts that falls off as the rocket exits Earth’s atmosphere, falling to the ground before erupting.
But stages separating off of rockets is standard practice, and it may be that the engineers intended for the stage to crash down in such a way, but perhaps not in such close proximity to a residential area.
Besides the stage crashing and burning, the flight seems to have succeeded in launching the satellites into orbit.
Watch the video below:
— ChinaSpaceflight (@cnspaceflight) January 12, 2018
Another Twitter user posted a picture, reportedly of the spent stage:
The Long March 3B booster in question, still burning after hitting the ground:
(photo via 9ifly.cn) pic.twitter.com/8PG3JiLIkx
— Cosmic Penguin (@Cosmic_Penguin) January 12, 2018