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Tiangong-1 (Chinese: 天宫一号; pinyin: Tiāngōng yīhào; literally: “Celestial Palace 1”) is the first China’s space station, which was used as a testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities of China. The station was launched in September 2011 into a Leo orbit (around 400 km of altitude) and then visited by a series of spacecrafts, including the manned Shenzhou 9, which brought the first China’s female astronaut onboard the station on June 2012.

On March 2016 the communication with the station was lost, and in September 2016 the China’s space agency officially declared the station out of control. Since then, Tiangong-1 started its relentless and uncontrolled descend toward the Earth atmosphere.
Tiangong-1 has a mass of about 8,500 Kilograms and despite it is expected to burn up almost completely through the atmosphere, calculations suggest that some big parts can survive and reach the ground.

Related channels: CNSA, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, METEORS


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