Spain was forced to briefly close part of its airspace on Friday, November 4 because of debris from a Chinese rocket that flew through the area. Air traffic was disrupted in several cities in the morning, officials said.
There were planes “absolutely” Catalonia (northeast Spain) and other parts of the north of the country were suspended for forty minutes. “Due to the Dangers of Passing the CZ-5B Space Object Through Spanish Airspace”, Catalonia’s civil defense tweeted. The partial closure of the airspace began at 9:38 a.m. local time, the same source said.
As a result, flights from Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, or Tarragona, Reus or Ibiza in the Mediterranean archipelago of the Balearic Islands have been disrupted, national airport manager Ena underlined.
A Long March 5B (CZ-5B) rocket took off from southern China on Monday to deliver the last batch. A Chinese space station Currently under construction.
Debris from the rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean at 11:01 a.m., the US space agency said. In a tweet.
A fatal fall
A rocket’s entry into the atmosphere produces immense heat and friction, causing parts to burn up and disintegrate, but large craft like the Long March-5B may not be completely destroyed.
The danger is that their debris lands on the Earth’s surface and causes damage, even to victims, although this risk is minimal, as the planet is 70% covered in water.
This is not the first time that China has lost control of a space object during its return to Earth. In July, The remains of a Chinese rocket It crashed into the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, angering US officials, including those at NASA.
In 2020, debris from another Long March rocket fell on villages in Côte d’Ivoire, causing damage but no injuries.
The Asian giant has been investing billions of euros in its space program for decades.
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