The space lab is down over the South Pacific


China-defunct Tiangong-1 space lab for the most part broke up on re-entering the earth’s atmosphere over the South Pacific, china and the UNITED states, the reports say.

It re-entered the atmosphere at around 00:15 GMT Monday, the China Manned Space Engineering Office, said.

Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out a docking in orbit of the experiments.

It was part of China, efforts to build a crew of the space station by 2022, but has stopped working in March 2016. What do we know from where it came down?

Rather vague “above the South Pacific” is the line from space officials.

WE, the specialists of the Joint Force Space Component Command said they had used the orbit analysis technology to confirm Tiangong-1 re-entry.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has written on twitter that seemed to come down to the north-west of Tahiti.

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Experts struggled to predict exactly where the lab will make its re-entry and China’s space agency mistakenly suggested it would be off in Sao Paulo, Brazil, just before the moment came.

The European Space Agency, has told you in advance that Tiangong-1 would probably break over the water, which covers most of the surface of the Earth.

He stressed that the possibility of anyone being hit by debris from the form of “10 million times smaller than the annual probability of being struck by lightning”.

It is not clear how much of the debris that reaches the surface of the Earth intact.Because the space lab fall like this?

Ideally, the 10m (32ft)-module, Tiangong would have been taken out of orbit in a planned way.

Traditionally, the propellers are shot on large vehicles to drive them to a remote area over the Southern Ocean. This option appears not to have been available after the loss of the command link.
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Thirteen space agencies, under the guidance of the European Space Agency, used radar and optical observations to follow Tiangong path all over the world.

Tiangong means “the Heavenly Palace’

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The module was launched in 2011 to practice rendezvous and docking
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Has developed a heavy-lift rocket, Long march 5, for the purpose

This is the largest space hardware falling from the sky?

Tiangong was certainly in the large format of uncontrolled re-entry of objects, but it was far from being the biggest, historically: The US space agency’s Skylab was nearly 80 tons of mass when he returned partially uncontrolled in 1979. Parts hit Western Australia, but no one on the ground was injured Nasa shuttle Columbia could be classified as an uncontrolled re-entry. Its mass was more than 100 tons to his tragic return from orbit in 2003. Again, no one on the ground was hit by debris scattered across the united states of Texas and Louisiana

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell believes Tiangong is only the 50th most massive object to return uncontrolled.

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China has launched a second lab, Tiangong-2, which continues to be operational. It was visited by a refueling cargo ship, Tianzhou-1, only the last year.

The china of the future permanent space station is expected to include a large module in the middle and two smaller accessory modules, and will be in service at the beginning of the next decade, the Asian country, ” he says.

A new rocket, the Long March 5, has been recently introduced to perform the heavy lifting that will be required to get the base module in orbit.