China's Space Lab, Tiangong-1 falls to Earth, and burns up over Pacific

China's defunct and out of control 8.5-tone space lab, re-enters Earths atmosphere and burns up over the Pacific.

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Tiangong-1, China's highest-profile space project has disintegrated into a fireball, at reported speeds of 17,000mph on the 2nd of April over an uninhabited part of the Pacific Ocean reports China Manned Space Agency.

The space lab, was a symbol of China’s rise in September, 2011 and it was hoped that China’s would become an active developer of Space Technology and to have its own permanent space station. Tiangong-1 has had two crewed missions, and was in active service for perfecting docking procedures and other operational procedures.

In 2016, China lost its telemetry link with the 32ft, 8.5-tone craft and without telemetry control, it made it impossible for mission controllers to guide and control the station back to earth. 

In article published by TheGuarduan, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said: “Through monitoring and analysis by Beijing Aerospace Control Centre and related agencies, Tiangong-1 re-entered the atmosphere at about 8.15am, 2 April, Beijing time (0115 GMT). The re-entry falling area is located in the central region of the south Pacific with most of the spacecraft being burned up through atmospheric friction.

It did exactly what it was expected to do; the predictions, at least the past 24 hours' ones, were spot on; and as expected it fell somewhere empty and did no damage," said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reports CNN

China views its multi-billon dollar space program as a symbol, and the country has launched its second space lab, Tiangong-2 which remains in operations and will continue its quest to be active in space.

Visitors sit beside a model of China's Tiangong-1 space station in 2010. The station played host to two crewed missions and served as a test platform for perfecting docking procedures and other operations
Visitors sit beside a model of China's Tiangong-1 space station in 2010. The station played host to two crewed missions and served as a test platform for perfecting docking procedures and other operations

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