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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:27 pm 
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In early April the out-of-control space station will re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Scientists are trying to pin-point where the 8.5 tonne craft will hit.
There's a chance that some debris might reach the ground and there could be a release of toxic hydrazine vapour. The station was launched in 2011, as a test-bed for a bigger station.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:22 pm 
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There's more information about the space station on today's http://www.spaceweather.com .

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:28 am 
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It was a fiery end to China's first space station as the craft fell from orbit at 16,000 miles per hour over the Pacific yesterday at 1.16 BST. China's space agency and other global teams monitored the re-entry.
The ESA ( European Space Agency ) said that Tiangong-1 entered the atmosphere " not far from the uninhabited area that is typically used for controlled re-entries", in an area about 60 miles North-West of Tahiti.
The 8.5 tons station measured 34 feet long and 11 feet wide, and housed two astronauts. Most of the craft's components were vapourised during re-entry.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:36 pm 
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I see that at least one national newspaper has printed the (red-ish) false-colour radar image of T-1 (taken some time ago it seems), claiming it is a record of the fiery re-entry :roll:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:40 pm 
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Remember the Soviet Salyut and Zarya space stations? China seems to be at this stage of development with certain enhancements.
Those early stations became modular components for bigger stations. The core stage of Mir was a Salyut, and a Zarya is the core for the ISS.

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