Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Chinas space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

Chinas space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

Tiangong-2 is no more, but we can re-live its final moments.

Tiangong-2 was a single-launch space station that was built to serve as a test for key technologies that will be used aboard the China Space Station.

One of the main reasons for this safe return, even if most of the shell of the station will disintegrate and burn up when it comes back through the atmosphere, is for history not to repeat itself.

"To let Tiangong-2 "retire" by choice is to ensure the absolute safety of its departure", Zhu said.

This article was originally published by Futurism.

Tiangong-2's controlled re-entry into the atmosphere marks the successful completion of all the tasks in the space lab phase of China's manned space programme, said Mr Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space programme. It is created to last at least 10 years, but this could be prolonged through in-orbit maintenance, Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space program, has said.

The two astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong conducted space science experiments and in-orbit maintenance in the space lab.

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China's Tiangong-2 spacecraft is plummeting back to Earth after purposely falling out of the planet's orbit.

The success of the Tiangong-2 mission has ushered in the era of building China's space station, which is expected to be completed around 2022.

"The Tiangong-2 mission was our first opportunity to carry out a long-term plant experiment in space".

It has functions of rendezvous and docking with the Shenzhou manned spaceship and the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Note that the station weighed about 9 tons, which is considered a small space object, especially when compared to the International Space Station (ISS), which weighs 417.3 tons. They remained on the space station for 33-days at Shenzhou-11.

He mentioned that China will develop and launch a two-meter-caliber space telescope, which will share the same orbit with the space station.

In June six experiments were selected for a place aboard the future Chinese Space Station through a joint global cooperation initiative, with three more receiving conditional acceptance. It also means that China has carried out the longest human spaceflight mission.

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