An 8.5-tonne Chinese space station has accelerated its out-of-control descent towards Earth and is expected to crash to the surface within a few months.
The Tiangong-1 or ‚ÄúHeavenly Palace‚ÄĚ lab was launched in 2011 and described as a ‚Äúpotent political symbol‚ÄĚ of China, part of an ambitious scientific push to turn China into a space superpower.
It was used for both manned and unmanned missions and visited by China‚Äôs first female astronaut, Liu Yang, in 2012.
But in 2016, after months of speculation, Chinese officials confirmed they had lost control of the space station and it would crash to Earth in 2017 or 2018. China‚Äôs space agency has since notified the UN that it expects Tiangong-1 to come down between October 2017 and April 2018. ...