China’s recently deorbited space station fell in the Pacific Ocean after getting burned in the atmosphere while falling from the Earth’s orbit.
After spending over 1000 days in space, Chinese space station Tiangong-2 falls inside the Pacific Ocean under a controlled deorbiting by the China National Space Administration.
- The Chinese space station, Tiangong 2, has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere with an under-control fall in the Pacific Ocean.
- Most parts of the space station burned while entering the earth’s atmosphere, the remaining debris fell in the remote South Pacific Ocean.
- Tiangong-1 was 10.4 meters (34 feet) long and weighed nearly 8.75 tons, and it was destroyed when its orbit decayed, causing it to break up into small pieces.
- The space station, launched in 2016, was designated to stay there for 2 years and it eventually spent more than 1000 days.
- This was a testbed for space technologies, in simple words, a temporary solution to carry out tests and experiments in space until they have a permanent solution.
- It was a location testing and occasional manned missions for a relatively smaller duration of time, i.e. up to 1 month only, for Chinese astronauts.
- China is now focusing on the next year launch of their much-anticipated Tianhe-1, a final step towards their ambition of permanent position in space.
- China is planning to increase their manned missions counts in coming years after the launch of Tianhe-1 on 3-5 year basis.