What’s going on?
A Chinese space station mostly burned up upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
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Tiangong 1, a space station about the size of a school bus, was one of China’s biggest space projects, and it’s now in little pieces in the Pacific Ocean. The space lab re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere Sunday night, burning up during re-entry and crumbling over the central South Pacific.
What’s China saying?
The official statement from China is “we totally meant to do that.” While Tiangong 1’s re-entry on Sunday seems to have been planned and expected, the space station has reportedly been out of control in the past. The Chinese government reportedly lost control of the lab in June 2016 and then later predicted that it would come down to Earth in late 2017, an estimation that was way off.
On today’s show, Doc shared this news and pointed out that with everything else going on, at least we can worry less about China’s power in space.