"Sorry we bombed your village with huge chunks of used rocket."

Chinese Space Debris Rains Down on Chinese Villages

China has never been particularly apologetic about its contribution to the looming threat of space debris, but authorities might finally have to offer up some kind of conciliatory "sorry we nearly bombed your village with huge chunks of used rocket." Last night residents of two separate villages in Jiangxi, China, awoke to very large pieces of the lunar probe Chang'e II's launch rocket falling back to Earth around them.

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5 Responses:

  1. strspn says:

    The lack of even a slight dent of a crater makes me think that the terminal velocity of the pictured debris may have been able to take out a thatched roof, but not much more.

    • option12 says:

      maybe they moved it? although it doesn't look smashed up.

      • pavel_lishin says:

        It looks like it's big, floppy, and made of something light-weight - maybe aluminum? Doesn't look like it would leave much of a crater, except in someone's head.

  2. pavel_lishin says:

    "... and don't say we never gave you anything, you lousy peasants!"

  3. amaranthyne says:

    It will make a lovely shelter for mutating goats!

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