China’s expired space laboratory finally crashes into earth

China’s expired space laboratory finally crashes into earth

China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the earth’s atmosphere above the south pacific, according to Chinese and US reports.

China’s manned space engineering office said it re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday.

Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments, as part of China’s efforts to build a manned space station by 2022, but stopped working in March 2016.

Experts had struggled to predict exactly where the lab would make its re-entry – and China’s space agency wrongly suggested it would be off Sao Paulo, Brazil, shortly before the moment came.

It’s not clear how much of the debris reached the earth’s surface intact.

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