The Chinese government lost contact with the space station, whose name translates to "Heavenly Palace", 2 years ago and it has been in a decaying orbit ever since. The space station was small but allowed the Chinese to practice docking maneuvers and collect data on the health of the astronauts who visited it. The impact zone was relatively close to Point Nemo, a spot in the Pacific used to dump deorbited spacecraft.
Chinese state media is reporting that the majority of the spacecraft burnt up and it slammed into the atmosphere at high speed, but that chunks of the 10.4m (34.1ft) by 3.4m (11ft) space station made it down to the surface of the planet. But this spacecraft was large and multilayered enough that it was possible at least some segments or parts would survive the reentry.
With the odds of any one person being struck by space debris at 70 million-to-one, the chances that it would actually hurt a human were pretty remote.
"It's not impossible, but since the beginning of the space age. a woman who was brushed on the shoulder in Oklahoma is the only one we're aware of who's been touched by a piece of space debris", Bill Ailor, an aerospace engineer with the Aerospace Corporation who specializes in atmospheric reentry, previously told Business Insider. The story ended with the fall of the apparatus into the ocean.
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U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command confirmed the crash, using Space Surveillance Network sensors and their orbital analysis system.
"NW of Tahiti - it managed to miss the "spacecraft graveyard" which is further south!"
But it mostly burned up over the vast ocean after hurtling into the Earth's atmosphere.
Propelled in 2011, Tiangong 1 was China's first space station, filling in as an exploratory stage for greater projects, for example, the Tiangong 2 propelled in September 2016 and a future changeless Chinese space station. Space experts lauded it as an important achievement. "Although it's only aimed to test the technologies for space station, it has many far-reaching effects", Mao Xinyuan, a columnist, was quoted as saying.
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China's foreign and defense ministries said the country had relayed information about Tiangong 1's return to Earth to the United Nations' space agency and others.
Ms Huang Weifen, deputy chief designer of the Astronaut Centre of China, said that the module provided "precious experience" for building a space station, Xinhua news agency reported.
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.
"Tiangong-1 will go down in China's space history".
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