Tiangong-1 spacecraft crashed in the Pacific Ocean

China's Earth-falling Tiangong-1 spacecraft has finally penetrated the atmosphere and landed south of the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft entered Earth's atmosphere on April 1 at 20.16 ET according to US Strategic Command.

This incident marks the end of the Chinese space station that has been in orbit for seven years. Fortunately, when it falls, it does not fall in a place where humans live.

Determining where Tiangong-1 will fall is not easy. This space station is in a low-Earth orbit with a speed of 17 thousand miles per hour. If the estimate time falls within an hour, then the landing spot will slip by 17,000 miles from the forecast point.

Tiangong-1 is not only heavy, but also solid. Experts predict, there will be debris from the plane that remains large enough even after passing through the atmosphere. However, it is unlikely that the remaining portion of Tiangong-1 will override the place inhabited.

Most of the Earth consists of oceans. In addition, most of the land on Earth is not inhabited by humans. Therefore, it is unlikely that the debris from Tiangong-1 will affect the area inhabited.

Launched in 2011, Tiangong-1 which means "Celestial Place" is the first space station from China. Two groups of astronauts visited the plane when it was in orbit. In one of those groups, there was the first female astronaut from China.

The space station was built only to last for two years in outer space. Initially, the Chinese government planned to start the Tiangong-1 engine, pushing it out of orbit so that it could land safely in the ocean. After that, his successor Tiangong-2 will take his position as the main habitat of Chinese astronauts.

However, the Chinese government eventually extended Tiangong-1's time in orbit. Maybe as a backup plan if Tiangong-2 is not completed in time.

In 2016, the Chinese space agency informed the UN that it had lost control of Tiangong-1. That means, the Chinese government can no longer send orders to Tiangong-1 in orbit. With the fall of Tiangong-1, this put an end to concerns about the space station.