Chinese space station crashes into Southern Pacific


A 9.4-ton Chinese space station about the size of a school bus crashed back to Earth over the southern Pacific Ocean Sunday evening, experts said. The unmanned Tiangong-1 re-entered the atmosphere at 5:16 p.m. Pacific time, the U.S. government’s Joint Force Space Component Command said in a statement. There was no immediate update on whether any of the space station’s debris landed on any populated areas. Anyone who sees what could be debris from the station known as “Heavenly Place: should not touch it or inhale its fumes, Aerospace Corp. warns. The station carried hydrazine, a highly toxic rocket fuel. Before the re-entry, when and where the 34-foot long space station landed was largely a mystery, because the Chinese stopped receiving data from it in 2016.

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