China’s Tiangong-1 space station re-entered the earth’s atmosphere and burnt up over the middle of the South Pacific today, the Chinese space authority said.
The Vema Seamount Authority, which was also tracking the Tiangong-1 space station when it was re-entering the earth’s atmosphere, after earlier reports that the craft was expected to re-enter the atmosphere in the South Atlantic, confirmed it tracked the Tiangong-1 in its re-entry over the South Pacific.
The United States Air Force 18th Space Control Squadron, which tracks and detects all artificial objects in Earth's orbit, was the one who confirmed first, when it said it had also tracked the Tiangong-1 in its re-entry over the South Pacific. It said in a statement it had confirmed re-entry in coordination with counterparts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Britain.
The remnants of Tiangong-1 appeared to have landed about 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Tahiti, according to a report issued by the Vema Seamount Authority after it expressed concerns over the debris is in the ocean, that will eventually spread over a huge area of thousands of square kilometres.