By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 5 November 2016:
Libyans in parts of the country, notably Benghazi, have become uncomfortably all too familiar with rockets landing unexpectedly arund them. In southern Libya east of Obari, though, it was a rather different sort of rocket that crashed into the ground on Friday night.
Roaya Astronomy, an association of Libyan space enthusiasts and amateur astronomers, reports that the Long March 2F rocket that launched the latest Chinese Shenzhou-11 manned space mission, crashed back to earth some 50 kilometres east of Obari.
It was seen just earlier in Wadi Al-Shatti and Sebha and elsewhere in the area as it burnt up on its decent. There was no damage from the crash as a result, with almost all of the rocket incinerated.
The Shenzhou 11 was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China on 17 October with two astronauts on board. Two days later it docked with the orbiting space laboratory Tiangong-2, itself launched last month. The astronauts are due to return to earth in a fortnight’s time.