Remains of the Chinese Long Mars 5B rocket have landed in the Indian Ocean, Chinese state media report. Most of the rocket would have been burned when entering the atmosphere, at 04.24 Dutch time.
Based on the coordinates reported by Chinese state media, it can be seen that the debris south-west of India and Sri Lanka have landed on Earth.
It was clear that the 30-metre rocket would return to Earth this weekend, but no one knew where. Astronomers spoke of one of the largest pieces of space debris that could have landed uncontrollably on Earth in about 30 years.
Several space experts called Chinas actions irresponsible. In the country itself, concerns about danger to people were dismissed as a “Western hype”.