Tiangong-1 expected to burn up on reentering atmosphere
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Mar 28, 2018
Tiangong-1, China's first space lab, should be fully burnt as it reenters the Earth's atmosphere, according to China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) on Monday.
Analysis from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows that Tiangong-1 will reenter the Earth's atmosphere between March 31 and April 4.
Tiangong-1 orbited at an average altitude of 216.2 kilometers and was fully intact as of March 25, according to CMSEO.
Tiangong-1 was launched on Sept. 29, 2011 and ended service on March 16, 2016 after completing its mission.
Source: Xinhua News
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Paris (AFP) March 27, 2018
An uncontrolled Chinese space station weighing at least seven tonnes is set to break up as it hurtles to Earth on or around April 1, the European Space Agency has forecast. "It will mostly burn up due to the extreme heat generated by its high-speed passage through the atmosphere," it said in a statement. Some debris from the Tiangong-1 - or "Heavenly Palace" - spacelab will likely fall into the ocean or somewhere on land, but the chances of human injury are vanishingly small, said Stijn Lemme ... read more
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