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Tiangong I re-enters the atmosphere this morning

By Zhao Lei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-04-02 07:18
Photo taken on June 13, 2013 shows the screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center showing the Shenzhou X manned spacecraft conducting an automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong I space module and the view outside the propelling module of the Shenzhou X manned spacecraft (L, down). [Photo/Xinhua]

China's first space lab, Tiangong I, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere at 8:15 am and later fell into the central part of the South Pacific Ocean, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

During the re-entry process, most of the spacecraft's body burnt out, it said in a statement.

Tiangong I was launched on Sept 29, 2011 and ended service in March 2016 after completing its mission.

It has docked with Shenzhou VIII, Shenzhou IX, and Shenzhou X spacecraft and undertaken a series of tasks, making important contributions to China's manned space cause.

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