China's Defunct Space Station Meets A Fiery End Over The South Pacific

Carter cameo sees Racing past Clermont

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That's according to china's manned space agency.

China said the experimental Tiangong 1 space lab mostly burned up upon re-entry Monday morning.

China, meanwhile, has a new Heavenly Palace up there, Tiangong-2, which was launched in 2016. The space station, with a volume of about 15 cubic meters, or 1/60th of the International Space Station, was launched at the end of September 2011 and was visited twice by astronauts in the following years.

On March 2016, the Chinese National Space Administration announced they had lost all contact with the now defunct station, and, therefore, were unable to alter its orbit or control its reentry.

The government, however, did not specify the reason.

According to the US Joint Force Space Component Command, Tiangong 1 mostly broke up above the South Pacific. In contrast, Russian Federation brought down its massive Mir space station through a controlled re-entry over the Pacific Ocean in 2001.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has said ground controllers were no longer able to command Tiangong-1 to fire its on-board engines, which could have been used to determine where it re-entered Earth's atmosphere.

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UPDATE: #JFSCC confirmed #Tiangong1 reentered the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean at ~5:16 p.m. (PST) April 1.

Chinese authorities suggested in a statement that the world was interested in the Tiangong-1's re-entry out of jealousy.

Debris from satellites, space launches and the International Space Station enters the atmosphere every few months, but only one person is known to have been hit by any of it: American woman Lottie Williams, who was struck but not injured by a falling piece of a U.S. Delta II rocket while exercising in an Oklahoma park in 1997.

Let's hope that's the case with the next piece of space debris that rains down; there are over 21,000 objects larger than 4 inches big being tracked by the Department of Defense's U.S. Space Surveillance Network, and they're cruising at almost 18,000 miles per hour.

In June 2013, female astronaut Wang Yaping aboard Tiangong-1 delivered a lecture to students on Earth about physics, inspiring public enthusiasm for science and space exploration.

Normally, when an unshielded spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere, external parts such as the solar panels and antennas are the first victims of the atmospheric drag.

And finally, a rain of whatever remained sprinkled the South Pacific, northwest of Tahiti and fairly close to Samoa.

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