Today, July 19 was successfully entered orbit and returned to Earth’s atmosphere, the manned Chinese space station “Tiangong-2”. The main part of the station burned in the dense atmosphere of the planet, a small portion of the debris fell into the waters of the South Pacific ocean between New Zealand and Chile, according to Chinese media. This place is called the dead zone, but as we wrote earlier, she is not so dead.
“China has made a controlled deorbit of the orbital manned space laboratory “Tiangong-2″, the station returned to the Earth’s atmosphere on July 19 Beijing time. A small part of the debris not burned in the atmosphere, fell into a predefined safe zone in the South Pacific ocean”, — stated in the message.
As noted by New Scientist, the Chinese station “Tiangong-2” to de-orbit was in fully functional condition. To destroy it just decided because Chinese experts have carried out all the planned scientific and technical experiments.
What about the station?
Nearly 9-ton machine, named “the Tiangong-2” (“heavenly Palace” in Chinese), was launched into orbit in September 2016. The station became the second orbital lab China Its length is 10.4 meters, diameter of 3.35 meters. The station consisted of two compartments. One was used for living and conducting experiments, and the second was used as a technical unit. It was equipped with solar panels, batteries, core engines and stores the fuel supply.
Model station “Tiangong-2”
Using the space station”Tiangong-2″?
In October 2016 the station was launched the manned spacecraft “Shenzhou-11” with two Chinese astronauts. In total they spent in orbit for 30 days, after which he returned successfully back to Earth. In 2017, the station sent a cargo ship. During this mission tests technology docking, and refueling.
Chinese astronauts on Board the space station “Tiangong-2” in October 2016
Station more than a thousand days was the venue for a variety of scientific and technological space experiments, although the original scheduled time was 2 years. For example, it was used to test technology systems for the new Chinese multi-module space station, the first module which is planned to bring into orbit in 2020. Once assembled, it will be the world’s third largest multi-modular manned space station (after the Soviet-Russian Mir station and the International space station), but smaller in size.
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In 2018 the Chinese office of manned space flight began preparing the withdrawal station “Tiangong-2” orbit for its further destruction in the dense layers of the atmosphere. Preparation for the controlled withdrawal of the device from orbit, according to the Agency took place in full accordance with the approved program. In contrast to the first Chinese space station “Tiangong-1” which has problems, a de-orbit “the Tiangong-2” was fully controllable.