China's space station is plummeting back to Earth

Mail Online | 4/1/2017 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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China's Tiangong-2 spacecraft is currently rapidly descending towards Earth after deliberately dropping out of Earth's orbit.

Its path back to Earth will be a destructive one as it is expected the spacecraft will burn up upon re-entry.

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The space station, which means 'Heavenly body' in Chinese, will be destroyed at some point today, and any debris that survives re-entry will likely be harmlessly scattered throughout the Pacific ocean between New Zealand and Chile.

Its progress and inevitable destruction can be tracked here.

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It is currently still functional but its planned death by inferno was initiated more than a year ago.

Its altitude has been dropping rapidly, falling from 180 miles to 120 miles above the planet in just an hour.

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Its current angle relative to Earth's surface has also become far steeper, rising to a near-vertical 81° from a more gentile 35° just an hour previous.

Tiangong-2 was never destined to be a permanent fixture in space and was designed to be destroyed in Earth's atmosphere at some point.

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Its demise is intentional, unlike the fiery death of its ill-fated predecessor, Tiangong-1, which hurtled towards...
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