China launched the Yaogan-27 remote sensing satellite into space on Thursday, and while the technology will benefit the nation, one Chinese family may not be too happy.
During the launch of the satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, the capital of Shaanxi Province in north China, parts of the rocket propeller broke off and hit a house in the area.
The huge piece of the rocket created a large hole on the roof of the house, and photos shared by China's People's Daily showed that the size of the rocket part was nearly as tall as a man.
The photos showed a member of the house standing next to the rocket piece that had reduced the room to dust.
A house in Shaanxi was hit by falling pieces of a rocket propeller launching Yaogan-27 remote sensing satellite Thur pic.twitter.com/F9yB3Lx9lt
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) August 28, 2015
The Yaogan-27 satellite was launched by the Long March-4C rocket, Xinhua news agency reported.
The satellite is meant to be used for the purposes of land surveys, crop yield estimates as well as to predict and prevent disasters.