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China’s Tiangong-2 space station is officially no more

Chinese space station Tiangong-2 has officially resolved the fact-finding mission, and the orbital research facility’s entire macrocosm. The scaffold de-orbited and burned up as contrived at just after 9 AM ET on Friday, coming down over the South Pacific Ocean, as confirmed by the official Chinese space agency.

The station weighed around nine U.S. tons at the time it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, but even so it was small fairly that it almost entirely burned up in the process. Tiangong-2 was relatively small for a space station( when measured against the ISS ), consisting of representatives of really a research module with enough space on board for only two astronauts.

After about 1,000 days in space, Tiangong-2 had surpassed its planned lifespan, and China’s space agency scheduled this de-orbit — in contrast to Tiangong-1′ s de-orbit last year, which was not planned( though ultimately not a risk to anyone on the field, either ). Both of these, and the forthcoming Tiangong-3, are intended as temporary orbital depots designed for testing key engineerings in pursuit of the “real” Chinese space laboratory — which is set to begin its mission life in 2020 with the launch of the Tianhe-1 core module.

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