Remember that Chinese space station called Tiangong-1? You know. The broken one. The one that was set to plunge out of the sky sometime over Easter weekend? The one that—contrary to what some headlines on less scrupulous publications may have led you to believe—we promised was definitely not going to kill you?Well, in a shocking turn of events, that very space station did indeed crash down to Earth on the evening of Sunday, April 1 (EST). And (get ready for a big surprise) it didn’t hit anyone. In fact, it fell in the middle of nowhere. We’ll be lucky if anyone even managed to catch a picture of it.If you’ve been paying attention to your good friends at Popular Science, you know exactly why this cataclysmic-sounding event turned out to basically be a non-event. But if you’re just tuning in to our coverage today, here’s a rundown:What happened to Tiangong-1?Launched in 2011 and roughly the size of a bus, Tiangong-1 was China’s first prototype space station. It hosted some human visitors and even had its lifespan extended by a couple of years, but in 2016 China lost its telemetry link with the satellite. It eventually came to light that Tiangong-1… Read full this story
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