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Pentagon does not plan to shoot down out-of-control Chinese rocket

Christian Fernsby |
The United States hopes that the Chinese rocket, which is performing an uncontrolled deorbiting, will fall in a safe place and does not plan to shoot it down, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin said.

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Topics: CHINESE   

"We don’t have a plan to shoot the rocket down. We’re hopeful that it will land in a place where it won’t harm anyone, hopefully in the ocean or somewhere like that," Austin said.

On 29 April, China launched the Long March 5B carrier rocket with the main module for its future orbital station. The US Air Force said earlier that it expected the core of the rocket to crash down in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the week.

He said that the experts are working out the timing and the likely place of the fall of the rocket stage. Austin added that the United States has the ability to shoot down debris flying to Earth, even though there are no such plans at the moment.

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