It landed today back on Planet Earth in the Pacific Ocean, near Tahiti. That’s Easter Monday in the Pacific region.
Tiangong-1 is no more.
China’s prototype space station, whose name translates as “Heavenly Palace 1,” met a fiery end in Earth’s atmosphere today (April 1), breaking apart and burning up in the skies over the southern Pacific Ocean at about 8:16 p.m. EDT (0016 April 2 GMT), according to the U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC).
Tiangong-1 was launched with no one on board into space by China on the 29th September 2011. During its seven years in orbit, two sets of crew including China’s first female astronaut, sited the space station.
China has said that the main mission of Tiangong-1 was to “help the country master the technologies required to assemble and operate a bona-fide space station in Earth orbit, a goal the nation aims to achieve by the early 2020s.”
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