Fact Check: No, This Video Does NOT Show Landing Of China’s Long March 5B-Rocket; Here’s The Truth

As news about debris of China’s Long March 5B-rocket plunging into the Indian Ocean made headlines, social media users flooded various platforms with videos claiming to be from the same event.

China’s Long March 5B-rocket was launched in April and entered the earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean on May 9, 2021.

A Facebook user shared a video with the caption, “China Rocket Landed in earth.”

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading and false.

While looking for similar posts, we found that multiple Facebook users had shared the same video back in March 2021. The links can be seen here, here and here.

One Facebook user shared the same video on February 5, 2021, with the caption, “SpaceX Starship SN9 Flight Test EXPLODES on landing. Watch till the end.”

The video was also uploaded on YouTube on February 4, 2021. The title of the video read, “SpaceX Starship SN9 Launch, Landing, Explosion & Viewer Reactions!”

Other videos of SpaceX Starship SN9 landing can be seen here, here and here.

The description of the Guardian report read: Starship rocket launched successfully on February 2 but exploded on impact during an attempted landing. Starship prototype Serial Number 9, or SN9, aimed to fly as high as 10 kilometres, or about 32,800 feet altitude. While the rocket flew successfully, it hit the ground explosively on its return, just as the SN8 flight did in December.

Moreover, according to China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), “On May 9, at 10:24 [02:24 GMT] the debris from the Chang Zheng 5B carrier rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, the location where the debris fell into the water is at longitude 72.47 degrees east, latitude 2.65 degrees north (next to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean). Most of the debris burned up upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.”

Earlier, NewsMobile had debunked another video that was being shared with a similar claim.

Fact Check: Old Video From 2016 Falsely Shared As Chinese Rocket Debris Plunging Into Indian Ocean

This proves that the video is of SpaceX Starship SN9 and not China’s Long March 5B- rocket and the viral claim is false.

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