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June 16, 2016
Experts Fear Chinese Space Station Could Crash Into Earth
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 13, 2016
Some experts believe China's Tiangong-1 space lab is nearing the end of its life. The problem is, no one's sure where or when it will fall. Nicknamed the Heavenly Palace, Tiangong-1 is Beijing's first space station. After conducting a series of docking exercises with the Shenzhou missions, the Heavenly Palace has engaged in Earth observation procedures since 2013. "Tiangong-1 has obtained a great deal of application and science data, which is valuable in mineral resources investigation, ocean and ... read more

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