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China space lab burns up on re-entry over Pacific Ocean

02 April 2018

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China's Tiangong 1 space lab, home to two astronaut crews in 2012 and 2013, fell back to Earth uncontrolled Sunday, likely burning up over the Pacific Ocean as satellite trackers monitored the module's gradual descent from orbit.

The bus-sized spacecraft re-entered Earth's atmosphere at approximately 8:16 p.m. EDT Sunday (0016 GMT Monday) over the southern Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. military's Joint Force Space Component Command, which tracks objects orbiting Earth using a network of radars and optical sensors.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Technology - Radar image of the Tiangong 1 space lab, captured on Sunday at an altitude of 100 miles.

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