Chunks of China's largest missile recently launched have ended up in the Indian Ocean, somewhere southwest of Sri Lanka and India, according to Chinese state media.

The debris from the rocket is said to have entered the atmosphere at 4.24 am (Dutch time).

The Chinese argue that most of the debris from the launch vehicle was burned upon reentry and that it is highly unlikely that any damage was caused.

The Long March 5B rocket launched part of a Chinese space station into space.

The rocket had been flying uncontrolled through space for over a week.

It was inevitable that some of it would crash, but it was unclear exactly where that would happen.

Space experts had warned that parts of the 30-meter rocket that weighed more than 20 tons could have ended up in inhabited areas.

The European Space Agency, ESA, feared that debris from the uncontrolled fallback launch vehicle would land in southern Europe.

Washington had complained that international agreements require such missiles to return to the ocean in a controlled manner while they use up their last fuel.

It was not the first time that a Chinese missile fell back to Earth uncontrolled.

In May last year, this happened in the Atlantic Ocean near the coast of West Africa.

Despite this, large long metal bars flew through the air above Ivory Coast and several buildings in that country were damaged.

China is busy with space projects and if a Chinese space station is functioning, it could be the only one in the future. After more than twenty busy years, the International Space Station ISS has 'worn out' and is looking forward to the last few years.