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Rocket Booster Falls from Sky and Explodes in Chinese Town After Satellite Launch

Rocket Booster Falls from Sky and Explodes in Chinese Town After Satellite Launch

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket booster may have fallen from the sky and exploded near a town in southwest China today (Jan. 12) following a successful satellite launch, GBTimes reports.

The Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest Sichuan Province at 7:18 p.m. local time (1118 GMT; 6:18 a.m. EST), successfully carrying two Beidou-3 GNSS satellites into orbit, according to a statement from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (which uses the acronym CASC), which oversaw the launch.

Up close to the booster from the Long March 3B that landed near buildings in Guangxi province shortly after launch pic.twitter.com/I8QoTovy1I — Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) January 12, 2018

Rocket booster drops from sky and explodes near town after Chinese space launch.

Most recently, a Long March 2D rocket successfully launched two new Earth-observing satellites into orbit for Beijing Space View Technology in China on Tuesday (Jan. 10).

Source: www.space.com
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