Chinese space station Tiangong-1 has returned to Earth, crashing into the South Pacific

After two years of unmanned cruising in orbit, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1, or “heavenly palace” in Mandarin, has finally fallen out, crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere. At 8:16pm Eastern time on Sunday, the school-bus sized craft plummeted into the southern Pacific Ocean, the United States Joint Force Space Component Command has confirmed.

The crash ends weeks of speculation about when, and where, the space station might return to Earth in a fiery finale. Even in the days leading up to the crash, no one could predict the spot of the final plunge, leading to a worldwide guessing game.



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