Re-Entry: Long March 3B Rocket Body

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A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on December 4, 2015 after five years in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Long March 3B rocket launched the ChinaSat-6A communications satellite.

NORAD ID: 37151
Origin: China
Object: CZ-3B Rocket Body
Type: Long March 3B Upper Stage
Dry Mass: 2,740 Kilograms
Inclination: 24.8°
Launched: September 4, 2010 – 16:14 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China

Re-Entry Prediction: December 4, 2015 – 14:33 UTC +/-1 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Atlantic Ocean

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