The Chinese station descended from orbit and collapsed into the ocean

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Today, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 entered the Earth’s atmosphere and fell in the Pacific Ocean. Launched in 2011, it became China's first residential orbital station. During this time, two teams visited her, including, in 2012, the first Chinese woman-cosmonaut Liu Yang made her flight.





Initially, the station was planned to be operated for only a few years, however, before the station was able to enter a controlled fall and flood in the ocean, communication with it was lost and the station began to decline. The MCC could no longer send or receive signals and serious concerns arose about the territory of the fall. It was assumed that not all of its fragments will burn in the atmosphere, and some of them will still fly to the ground.

The experts were able to determine the approximate area of ​​probable fall, but it was impossible to calculate the exact place and time, since the station moved in a low orbit at a speed of about 7,5 kilometers per second. But, contrary to all fears, the station safely fell into the waters of the Pacific Ocean in a deserted place, and most of its debris burned in the atmosphere.

Since the main part of the surface of our planet is covered with water, and significant land areas remain uninhabited, experts from Aerospace Corporation estimated the chance of space debris falling into habitable zones as 1 to a trillion.