The top space stories of the week!

People around the world waited for a rocket stage to fall back to Earth, a mini-submarine may pave the way for future missions to the oceans of solar system moons and a spacecraft begins a journey of more than a billion miles back to Earth. These are some of the top stories this week from 

Chinese booster (finally) falls back to Earth. 

A Long March 5B rocket launches Tianhe, the core module of China’s new space station, on April 28, 2021. (Image credit: CASC)

Last week, people across the world watched for updates of China’s Long March 5B rocket to determine where on Earth’s surface it would crash land. The 23-ton core stage of the rocket’s booster finally landed on Saturday (May 8), when video footage from the Arabian Peninsula showed it zooming overhead. Some analysts think it landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. The incident has raised the conversation about space junk and the dangers of orbital debris. No injuries were reported. 

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