In 2020, debris from another Long March rocket fell on villages in the Ivory Coast, causing structural damage but no injuries or deaths. According to NBC News, the country's foreign ministry said the rocket would burn up on reentry, as is "common worldwide practice".
The rocket successfully launched the Tianhe module last week, which will become the living quarters of the future Chinese Space Station (CSS).
There are concerns as debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back towards Earth over the weekend.
Space agencies are tracking the path of the rocket and expect it to return to earth around May 8.
Re-entry is expected to be around 2300 GMT on Saturday, according to the Pentagon, with a window of nine hours either side.
The Long March 5B rocket took off in April, with the aim of carrying a first module of China's space station project into orbit, but this rocket's body is now about to enter Earth's lower atmosphere in an uncontrolled manner.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday said the US military had no plans to shoot down the Chinese rocket.
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United States experts have expressed concern over the rocket that will make an uncontrolled re-entry.
Harvard-based astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell said potentially unsafe debris will likely escape incineration after streaking through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed but in all likelihood would fall into the sea.
"Speaking in Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China was closely following the rocket's reentry into the atmosphere, Reuters reported". McDowell told CNN that pinpointing where debris could be headed is nearly impossible because of the speed the rocket is traveling - even slight changes in circumstance drastically change the trajectory.
One group has made a prediction, however: The nonprofit Aerospace Corp. expects the debris to hit the Pacific Ocean near the equator after passing over eastern US cities.
China also also plans to build a lunar station in cooperation with Russian Federation.
The core stage of the first Long March 5B that returned to Earth a year ago weighed almost 20 tonnes, surpassed only by debris from the Columbia space shuttle in 2003, the Soviet Union's Salyut 7 space station in 1991, and NASA's Skylab in 1979. The rocket is what's known in technical circles as uncontrolled. In 2019, the space agency controlled the demolition of its second station, Tiangong-2, in the atmosphere.