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Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 plunges into South Pacific

Sun Online Desk     2nd April, 2018 05:26:16 printer

Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 plunges into South Pacific

Fiery debris of the defunct Chinese space lab plunged into sea in South Pacific on Monday.

 

There was no immediate confirmation of the final resting place of any remaining debris, reports AFP.

 

Tiangong-1 -- or "Heavenly Palace" -- was placed in orbit in September 2011, acting as a testing ground for China's efforts to build its own space station by 2022, but ceased functioning in 2016.

 

Space officials had promised the atmospheric disintegration of the 10.4-meter-long (34 foot) craft would offer a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower.

 

But the remote location likely deprived stargazers of the spectacle.

 

Quoting Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, AFP said "The good thing is that it doesn't cause any damage when it comes down and that's what we like."

 

China in 2003 became the third country able to launch humans into space, following the former Soviet Union and the United States.

 

China sent another space lab, Tiangong-2, into orbit in September 2016.

 

It also plans to send a manned mission to the moon in the future.


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