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Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

BEIJING: A defunct Chinese spacecraft named tiangong-1 , almost the size of a public bus shattered and burned to dust after hitting the Earth's atmosphere at 8-kilometers per second. Pieces of it, including unknown fuel and metal components, landed northwest of Tahiti in the South Pacific at around 8:15am Beijing time (00:15 GMT) on Monday. The chance the debris ever had of affecting a human was possible, but nearly zero. The global sky watchers are unable to Track the event as the state has put a blanket ban on…

China says Earth-bound space lab to offer ‘splendid’ show

BEIJING: A defunct space laboratory that will plunge back to Earth in the coming days is unlikely to cause any damage, Chinese authorities say, but will offer instead a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower. China's space agency said Thursday that the roughly eight-tonne Tiangong-1 will re-enter the atmosphere some time between Saturday and Monday. The European Space Agency on Friday gave smaller window between Saturday night and late Sunday evening GMT. But there is "no need for people to worry", the China Manned…