China's Tiangong-2 space station is officially shut down on Friday – brutally.
Tiangong-2 will fire its engines and direct itself at an isolated piece of the Pacific Ocean. New Scientist reports and marks the end of the three-year journey of the prototype space station into orbit.
China always planned to decommission Tiangong-2. All research and missions planned for the space station were conducted in accordance with New Scientist . So there is no reason to leave her in orbit where she overcrowded the night sky.
Tiangnog-2 will do it crash to make room for China's larger and more permanent space station, which is expected to launch in 2020.
Final resting place
The largest part of Tiangong-2 is burned into nothingness when reentering the Earth's atmosphere. But some fragments will survive reentry, firing toward Point Nemo, a remote area of the Pacific Ocean nicknamed the "cemetery of the spaceships."
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