19 July 2019
A small amount of the spacecraft's debris fell into the predetermined safe sea area in the South Pacific, according to China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
"Although Tiangong 2 had been in operation nearly one year longer than its designed lifespan, its platform and payloads functioned stably and soundly, and the propellant it carried was still sufficient to support its flight in orbit for another several years," Zhou Jianping, Chief Designer of China's manned space programme said.
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footage of the camera on the outside of Tiangong 2 during re-entry
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19 July 2019
The journal Science published on 19 July 2019 an overview article on China's Lunar Exploration Programme CLEP. The authors
Chunlai Li, Chi Wang, Yong Wei, and Yangting Lin, researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, describe the past achievements of Chinese lunar missions and give an outlook on the near-term missions.
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China's Plans to Solve the Mysteries of the Moon
19 July 2019
China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of lunar exploration. In an article published on July 18 in Science, researchers laid out what the China Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) has accomplished since their launch in 2007 and their plans into the next three decades.
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19 July 2019
The infographic describes some of the most memorable moments on Tiangong 2's mission.
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18 July 2019
Flying to the Moon used to be a distant dream for China, a newcomer in the space club. But the past decades have seen China speedily catching up in outer space exploration. In April, the China National Space Administration said it aimed to build a scientific research station in the south polar region of the moon and realize a manned lunar exploration mission in about 10 years. These steady streams of progress help boost enthusiasm about outer space in Chinese society. While conspiracy theories about the Apollo-11 moon landing being fabricated continued to thrive in the West, giant statues of astronauts popped up in Beijing's commercial districts like Wangfujing and Xidan days before the 50th anniversary of the historic lunar mission.
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18 July 2019
"In accordance with the plan, the Tiangong-2 space laboratory has completed all the expansion tests, and it is scheduled to leave orbit and undergo controlled re-entry into the atmosphere on 19 July (Beijing time). A small amount of debris is expected to fall into the safe area in the southern Pacific Ocean (160-90 degrees West longitude and 30-45 degrees South latitude). "
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18 July 2019
Echo Huang of Quartz online portal gives an overview on what to expect when Tiangong 2 will deorbit tomorrow. "Unlike Tiangong-1, which China lost contact with before it burned up somewhere over the South Pacific in April 2018, this one’s return is designed to be in a controlled manner. Any debris from Tiangong-2 is expected to fall east of New Zealand, in a region authorities estimate to be within a longitude between 160° to 90° W and latitude between 30° to 45° S - thousands of kilometers from land."
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