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WATCH: 4 fiery endings for spacecraft

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here are some of the more famous spacecraft coming down to earth in flames

SPACE CENTER. In this file photo taken on June 24, 2012 shows Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking. Photo by AFP

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The Tiangong-1 'mostly' burns up above the vast ocean's central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China's Manned Space Engineering Office says, moments after predicting a slightly later re-entry over the Atlantic

TIANGONG-1. This photo of the giant screen at the Jiuquan Space Centre shows the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft preparing to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. File photo by Jiuquan Space Centre/AFP

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball on April 2 – China

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday, April 2, but Chinese authorities say there is 'no need for people to worry'

Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. The Chinese spacecraft on June 24 successfully completed the country's first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STR

China says Earth-bound space lab to offer 'splendid' show

Mar 30, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Such falling spacecraft do 'not crash into the Earth fiercely like in sci-fi movies, but turn into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the beautiful starry sky as they race towards the Earth,' China Manned Space Engineering Office says

China to launch second space lab in 2016 – official

Sep 10, 2014 - 5:05 PM

China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years time the latest step in an ambitious space program Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon

China's Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 module, or 'Heavenly Palace', blasts off from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province on September 29, 2011. Stringer/AFP

China to launch manned spacecraft this month: Xinhua

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:31 PM

China sees its space program as a symbol of its global stature coming from context of a once poverty stricken nation