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A Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Mengtian science module, the final module of Tiangong space station, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province on October 31, 2022. - China OUT (Photo by CNS / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by -/CNS/AFP via Getty Images)

Some air space was closed as the path of the 23-ton launcher that the Asian giant had used reentered Earth’s atmosphere.

Calum Roche