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Defunct Chinese Space Lab Plunges Back To Earth over Pacific

Defunct Chinese Space Lab Plunges  Back To Earth over Pacific

BEIJING - A defunct Chinese space lab disintegrated under intense heat as it hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere Monday and plunged to a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said.
The Tiangong-1 “mostly” burnt up above the vast ocean’s central region at 8:15 am Beijing time (0015 GMT), China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said.
There was no immediate confirmation of the final resting place of any remaining debris.
“Most of the parts burnt up and disappeared,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters, adding that China kept the United Nations space agency informed about the situation.
“According to my knowledge, we have not found any harm to the Earth’s surface.”
Tiangong-1 -- or “Heavenly Palace” -- was placed in orbit in September 2011, acting as a testing ground for China’s efforts to build its own space station by 2022, but ceased functioning in 2016.
Space officials had promised the atmospheric disintegration of the 10.4-meter-long (34 foot) craft would offer a “splendid” show akin to a meteor shower. But the remote location likely deprived stargazers of the spectacle. (AFP)