15 May 2020
“The empty core stage of the Long March-5B, weighing nearly 20 tons, was in an uncontrolled freefall along a path that carried it over Los Angeles and other densely populated areas. As a matter of fact, had this spent rocket stage, which is the largest uncontrolled object to fall from low-Earth orbit in almost 30 years, reentered earlier, it could have hit New York. .... Space exploration should inspire hope and wonder, not fear and danger.” said Jim Bridenstine, during a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory and Policy Committee on the release of the "Artemis Accords" on 15 May 2020.
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