Source Global Times
Debris from China's Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket landed in the Indian Ocean at 10:24 am Beijing time, west of the Maldives archipelago. Some US authorities and media outlets previously smeared that China's rocket debris was falling back to Earth "in an uncontrolled re-entry" and that China was "irresponsible." Their hype and smears were in vain.
In the past few days, some US scientists and even NASA have acted against their conscience, describing how "dangerous" the rocket debris is and how "China is failing to meet responsible standards."
Here are some important facts: The landing points for the rocket debris have gone under estimation and calculation, and there is no complete control of how rocket debris deorbits and falls back to Earth.
Unless a rocket is fully recycled after its launch, there will always be some uncontrollable factors. As far as we know, China is stepping up research on the recovery technology of rockets after launch. The upper stage of the Long March-5B Y2 rocket has been deactivated, which means that most of its parts will burn up upon reentry, making it extremely unlikely there will be damage to ground facilities.
Through the US' hype about the Chinese rocket, Chinese people and those in the international community who understand the common sense of space launches once again realize the collective petty-mindedness of some US elites. These people are jealous of China's rapid progress in space technology.
China is faced with the US that is particularly afraid of the progress of others, even though its competitiveness has declined compared to the past. However, Washington still controls some of the loudest "loudspeakers" in the world.
It is foreseeable that Washington will keep nitpicking and discrediting Beijing over the construction of space station.
China needs to take action in this regard. We need to release more information actively, and communicate with the global community in time and balance the mud thrown at Beijing by Washington as much as possible.
Beijing's future launches for space station construction cannot be delayed. Other launches need to be carried out as planned. China has no obligation to please public opinion in the US and other Western countries in the field of space, nor in other areas.