Experts say the missile will land as soon as this weekend

A Long March 5B rocket, carrying the basic unit of China's Tianhe Space Station, lifts off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on April 29, 2021.

Unmonitored debris from a Chinese rocket could return to Earth as soon as Saturday, according to the Aerospace Foundation, a federally funded space research center that tracks the return of orbital debris.

China launched a new laboratory unit called Wentian for the Tiangong Space Station from Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier this week. The missile carrying the unit, the Long March 5B, would re-enter out of control.

This is not the first time that the debris of a Chinese space program has fallen into the atmosphere with excitement.

In May 2021, the world watched anxiously as it tried to locate the remnants of a rocket of the same class carrying the primary unit of the Tiangong Space Station.

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