Re-Entry: Long March 2D Rocket Body

Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

A Long March 2D rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on April 18, 2016 after only 14 days in orbit following the launch of the Shijian-10 recoverable research satellite that spent nearly two weeks in Low Earth Orbit to conduct microgravity science experiments and return samples to Earth for laboratory analysis.

NORAD ID: 41449
Origin: China
Object: CZ-2D Rocket Body
Type: Long March 2 Upper Stage
Dry Mass: 5,500 Kilograms
Inclination: 43°
Launched: April 5, 2016 – 17:38 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Launch Site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China

Re-Entry Prediction: April 18, 2016 – 21:49UTC +/-1 Min.
Re-Entry Zone: Pacific Ocean, S-W of Australia

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Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron
Image: Spaceflight101/Orbitron