18-metric-ton piece of Chinese rocket into ocean missing New York City by 15 minutes.

  • The piece was a core stage from China’s Long March 5B rocket launched in May.
  • The debris passed over the entire United States before landing in the ocean off the coast of West Africa.
  • The rocket may have dumped smaller debris over Africa.
  • The piece is the largest piece of uncontrolled space debris to re-enter the atmosphere since 1991.