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Falling 21-tonne Chinese rocket ‘garbage’ to land anywhere from Denmark to Australia

An uncontrolled 21-tonne Chinese rocket falling to Earth will land anywhere from Denmark to the south of Australia in the coming days – but the crash site is unknown.

China’s Long March 5B rocket launched part of the new Chinese space station into orbit last week.

“We do know it will come down, and most likely it will happen over an uninhabited piece of Earth,” Australian National University Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker said.

Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones said the chance of being hit by the rocket, which will “probably” be broken into small pieces, was “infinitesimal” but constituted an embarrassment for China to allow the “garbage to fall on our heads”.

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