Re-Entry: Long March 2F Rocket Stage from Shenzhou-11 Launch

Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

The second stage of a Chinese Long March-2F rocket re-entered the atmosphere on November 3, 2016 after launching the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and a crew of two into orbit. Successfully dropping spacecraft off in an orbit of 200 x 330 Kilometers, the rocket stage slowly descended towards the dense layers of the atmosphere, ultimately re-entering and burning up to a large extent.

NORAD ID: 41813
Origin: China
Object: CZ-2F/G R/B
Type: Long March 2F Second Stage
Mass: 5,500kg
Launched: October 16, 2016 – 22:30 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2F
Launch Site: Jiuquan, China

Initial Orbit: 200 x 330 km, 42.8°

Re-Entry Prediction: November 3, 2016 – 22:54 UTC +/-1 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: North Africa

Re-Entry Zone
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron