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China rocket debris likely plunged into Indian Ocean: China Updated: 2021-05-09 14:12:32 KST

China's space agency says debris from a Chinese rocket that was falling to Earth, out of control, likely plunged into the Indian Ocean Saturday night, just west of the Maldives.
The agency said in a post on WeChat that most of the rocket, a Long March 5B weighing almost 20 tons, burned up in the atmosphere.
It's not yet clear if any debris fell on land.
The rocket had been used last month to carry a piece of a new Chinese space station into orbit and was left to fall to Earth.
There was no way to be sure where it would come down, but experts said it was unlikely to fall onto a place populated by human beings, since most of the planet is covered by oceans.
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