Rocket is coming to Earth this weekend, experts say

A Long March 5B rocket, carrying the core module of China's Tianhe space station, takes off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, April 29, 2021.

Uncontrolled debris from a Chinese rocket could return to Earth as early as Saturday, according to The Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded space research facility that tracks the reentry of orbital debris.

China launched a new laboratory module called the Wentian for its Tiangong space station from Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier this week. The rocket carrying the module, the Long March 5B, will perform an uncontrolled reentry.

This is not the first time that rocket debris from China’s space program has plunged into the atmosphere with an air of suspense.

In May 2021, the world watched in uncertainty as it tried to determine where the remains of a rocket of the same class were carrying the initial module of the Tiangong space station would collapse.

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