UFOs over China and I ain’t too surprised (Russian rocket parts?)

The mystery mongering sites went wild with this one. After UFOs were reported in the sky in China, eight very man-made parts crash to the ground. No injuries were reported.

UFO sightings reported in NE China’s Heilongjiang[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn.

Three unidentified flying objects were spotted falling from the sky and landing in two places in Heilongjiang province about 6:00 am Friday, Chinanews.com reported.

The Yi’an county government confirmed in the afternoon that Mengchang villagers heard a big noise and then saw a big ball of fire falling down to a vegetable garden belonging to a villager.

Two other similar objects were spotted falling from the sky and down to the neighboring Baiquan county.

You can see a video of the pieces that landed here (from Chinese news). Rumor is that the parts are Russian rocket components. Russia had a launch failure on Friday May 16 losing a valuable satellite. The state-run Russian source says that the rocket and all debris had burned up in the atmosphere: “We can say with certainty that nothing reached Earth.” But the Russian media suspects that may not be true.

Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China | KCUR.

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The Heilongjiang province is in western China. The rocket launch was from Kazakhstan. So, if the rocket headed over Mongolia towards the Pacific, it is plausible parts could have fallen in China. The timing seems about right:

The rocket launch was at 3:42 am local time in Kazakhstan, which is 5:42 am in Beijing. The rocket failed 540 seconds into the flight at an altitude of nearly 100 miles. the rocket was carrying a satellite.

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Eight metal objects have been found in China so far and are being investigated.


Never to miss concocting a FUN story, those wacky conspiracy sites have headlined this story that the Russian rocket hit a UFO or the UFO or missile hit the rocket. That’s a great explanation for the failure, isn’t it? They have spotted a tiny blip in the video that some have interpreted as a collision that blew up the rocket. You can see the pictures here but really, you can’t see much of anything.

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Also connected is the moon rover malfunction.

A Chinese rocket failure wrecked people’s houses back in 2013.

  9 comments for “UFOs over China and I ain’t too surprised (Russian rocket parts?)

  1. Richard Smith
    May 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Jughead’s tinfoil hat?

  2. busterggi
    May 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Nah, its the secret utensil that Chili’s Restaurant used to use to make their bloomin’ onions.

  3. May 19, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    its looks like a ball 🙂

  4. Woody
    May 19, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    OK, in the past a number of metallic ‘spheres’ were found in outback Australia.
    A description of these finds appears in Nick Redfern’s book ‘Cosmic Crashes’.
    When I first got into this post I noticed a similarity.
    Baffled Aussies asked around and apparently all of the found spheres were claimed by America to be objects that were part of their space program.
    No information came regarding exactly what they were or what was their purpose (which is taken by crashed UFO zealots as another point suggesting that the origin of the spheres is quite mysterious and therefore quite extraterrestrial).
    I found it curious myself.
    I’m not sure if I am actually making a point with this comment, but wanted to include this event from the history of my country just because it was not so different from what the post describes.

    All the best folks!

  5. eisbein
    May 19, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Thats one nasty artichoke!

  6. May 19, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Outback makes Bloomin’ onions.

  7. John Nowak
    May 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    My first guess would be vessels to hold liquid helium, which would be used as part of an upper stage to start a rocket engine. But I’ll bet the parts in question were identified; it simply wasn’t reported, because journalists were involved.

  8. Bill T.
    May 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Obviously when you use the term “journalists”, you’re using it in the broadest possible sense. Apparently you’re aware that the state of actual journalism today is dismal, and in tech and science reporting just short of non-existent.

  9. John Nowak
    May 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Or, more generously, most of the audience would consider this to be extraneous information. “Part of an American rocket” contains darned nearly all the useful information of, say, “A sphere containing liquid helium from a Rocketdyne J-2 used to pressurize the turbines and start the engine.” Actually J-2s haven’t been used for years, but you get my point.

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