The Chinese successfully launched a Long March 5b... that apparently fell off the West Coast of Africa
On Monday, a massive, out-of-control Chinese rocket fell out of the sky off the west coast of Africa, becoming one of the largest human-made objects ever to make an uncontrolled descent to Earth from space. At first, the rocket seemed to harmlessly slam into the Atlantic Ocean. But now it seems that some pieces of debris may have hit solid ground, according to local reports from Côte d’Ivoire describing metallic objects that apparently fell from the sky.
Ars Technica billed it as Large chunks of a Chinese rocket missed New York City by about 15 minutes with this paragraph
It is perhaps worth noting that before it entered Earth's atmosphere, the core stage track passed directly over New York City. Had it reentered the atmosphere only a little bit earlier, perhaps 15 to 20 minutes, the rocket's debris could have rained down on the largest metro area in the United States.
- Was there a large risk of debris damage from this rocket?
- Was this really as close as call as they make it out to be if it fell just off the west coast of Africa?