Part of Thursday’s CZ-4C has returned

Last Thursday, China launched a Long March 4C (CZ-4C) rocket from Taiyuan, which is an inland launch complex.  One of the hazards of inland launch complexes is that spent hardward routinely drops over inhabited territories.  This isn’t even in a failure mode — this happens by design.  And on this occasion, unfortunately there was a house in the way:

house_with_hole

And then when the homeowner went to see what had happened, he found this:

cz-4c_engine_and_dude

cz-4c_engine

Honestly, it’s amazing this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often.  I’m glad it doesn’t happen more often, but still.

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