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Tiangong 1 Will Make an Uncontrolled Return, Soon!

 

China’s Tiangong-1 is due to make an uncontrolled re-entry in the near future.

According to the ESA, the current estimated window for re-entry is approximately March 29 to April 9, 2018.

Tiangong-1, which translates to  Heavenly Palace 1, is China’s first space station and an experimental space laboratory.

Its major goal was to test and master technologies related to orbital rendezvous and docking.

It was launched on 30 September 2011 at 03:16:03.507 UTC by a Long March 2F/G rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert, Inner Mongolia, China.

One uncrewed and two crewed missions, executed by the Shenzhou (Devine Craft) spacecraft, took place during its operational lifetime.

 

 

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