China slams Western double standards over rocket debris and NASA criticism, with reminder about SpaceX rocket that fell on farm
Added 05-10-21 07:37:03am EST - “China has slammed comments made by NASA in which it accused Beijing of "failing to meet responsible standards" over space debris, reminding the US of ?romantic' media reporting of a SpaceX rocket that fell on a farm in March.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “China slams Western double standards over rocket debris and NASA criticism, with reminder about SpaceX rocket that fell on farm”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Speaking on Monday during a regular press briefing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying dismissed NASA's comments that China wasn’t fulfilling its duty to “act responsibly and transparently in space.”
The spokeswoman said that Beijing is displeased by the double standards on the reporting of space exploration, noting the hysteria around the potential harm caused by the re-entry of China's Long March 5B rocket over the weekend.
"I also want to say that some American media and some people obviously have double standards on this issue. We may all remember that, in March of this year, when a rocket in the US fell on a farm, American media used romantic words like ‘shooting stars across to light up the night sky’ and ‘dazzling light show,’” she stated.
In late March, a pressure vessel from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fell on a man’s farm in Washington state, causing a “four-inch dent in the soil.”
Hua went on to highlight what she described as “exaggerations” made by the US and its western counterparts in the past few days concerning the re-entry of a Chinese rocket into Earth's atmosphere. She stated that the rocket had caused no harm during re-entry.
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