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Tianzhou 6 burns up safely reentering Earth
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Jan 21, 2024

China's Tianzhou 6 cargo spacecraft burned up as it reentered Earth's atmosphere as planned on Friday evening, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a news release that under ground control guidance, the robotic craft flew back into the atmosphere at 8:37 pm. After that, most of the spaceship burned up, and a small amount of debris fell into secure sea areas.

The Tianzhou 6 robotic cargo ship was launched in early May from Wenchang Space Launch Center in the country's southernmost island province of Hainan.

As the ninth spaceship to visit the Tiangong space station, Tianzhou 6 carried about 260 packages with a combined weight of nearly 5.8 metric tons, including living necessities enough for a three-member crew for 280 days.

It departed from the Chinese space station on Jan 12 and then entered into the solo-flight mode. During the solo flight, it deployed an experimental satellite, built by Dalian University of Technology, into a preset orbit.

Tianzhou 6's successor, the Tianzhou 7 cargo vessel was launched on Wednesday night in Hainan province, becoming the first spacecraft to visit China's Tiangong space station this year.

Tianzhou 7 is carrying more than 260 packages with a combined weight of nearly 5.6 metric tons, including several items of scientific apparatus, each of which weighs more than 100 kilograms.

Space tourists are claiming false advertising after viewing rocket launch from rooftop
Beijing (XNA) Jan 21 - A space science education base in Wenchang, South China's Hainan province, received complaints about false advertising on Wednesday after tourists who bought tickets to watch the Tianzhou 7 robotic cargo spaceship blast off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center were taken to the nearby roof of a residential building.

"They promised to provide a VIP location to watch the rocket launch, but it turned out to be the roof of a local residential building. The view was not as advertised," a tourist surnamed Zhao, who claimed to have spent 2,888 yuan ($403) to purchase the ticket, told Fengmian News.

He said that there were 120 tourists in their group, and many expressed their dissatisfaction and called the complaint hotline of the local market regulation bureau and bureau of tourism, culture, radio, television and sports.

According to an announcement released Thursday by the Wenchang municipal bureau of tourism, culture, radio, television and sports, staff from relevant administrative departments went to the scene to investigate immediately after receiving the complaint. It said that the case is under further investigation and evidence collection.

The local market regulation bureau filed a case against the company behind the suspected false advertising on Thursday morning. The local urban administration and law enforcement bureau also filed a case against the company involved for operating a travel business without an agency license and for travel guides conducting activities without a license.

The Wenchang municipal bureau of tourism, culture, radio, television and sports is studying and formulating regulations to further regulate the operations of the rocket launch viewing market, according to the announcement.

Longlou, a coastal town of Wenchang city, has received more than 1.5 million tourists in the last two years. The number of hotels, guesthouses and homestays has grown from five to more than 50, and the number of shops has increased from 230 to more than 900, Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

Based on a Xinhua News Agency article

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