Main stage of Chinese rocket likely to plunge to Earth soon

BEIJING (AP) — The largest section of the rocket that launched the main module of China’s first permanent space station into orbit is expected to plunge back to Earth as early as tomorrow at an unknown location.

Usually, discarded core, or first-stage, rockets re-enter soon after liftoff, normally over water, and don’t go into orbit like this one did.

China’s space agency has yet to say whether the core stage of the huge Long March 5B rocket is being controlled or will make an out-of-control descent. Last May, another Chinese rocket fell uncontrolled into the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin