Chinese space station Tiangong-1 re-enters atmosphere, largely burns up

(FOX News) — A defunct Chinese space lab has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and mostly burned up, authorities in Beijing said late Sunday.

It was not immediately clear if the remains of the space station, known as Tiangong-1, had been accounted for.

The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) had said that Tiangong-1 was expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in an area centered on 19.4 degrees west longitude and 10.2 degrees south latitude — in the South Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brazil.

Although the Chinese station has received intense media coverage, each year around 1,000 large objects such as lost satellites and rocket stages fall back to Earth. These numbers are projected to increase over the coming years as more and more satellites are placed into orbit.

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2 comments

  • rory

    Fox 17, you fell for the fake news.
    The space junk actually entered the atmosphere and fell into the south Pacific ocean, between California and Hawaii before you posted this highly inaccurate article.
    Update required on your part to inform the public on what really happened.

    • rory

      You credit Fox News as the source, Fox News never reported that the space junk fell into the Atlantic Ocean – AP was the only national outlet that got it wrong. Fox News waited, and reported the actual splash down of the junk in the Pacific Ocean.
      I am removing the Fox 17 app and defecting to another local news source over this.
      Totally inexcusable on your part. Lazy reporting, and I am willing to bet that you really don’t care you got it wrong after winding this story up for us all last week.
      Bye bye.