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The Chinese space lab is about to crash and burn — and that's OK with China

The Chinese space lab is about to crash and burn — and that's OK with China

The rumors started this summer: China had lost control of its first space lab, which would hurtle to Earth in a fiery ball of destruction.

Chinese officials fed that speculation last week when they confirmed that the lab would return sometime next year, with “most parts” burning up during the fall. Several British newspapers flashed headlines about “out of control” equipment on a collision course with Earth.

That’s one scenario.

However, falling space junk has yet to injure a person on land, and analysts doubt there’s great risk of anyone getting crushed by a piece of the Chinese space lab.

And the lab’s impending demise...

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