Chinese space station re-enters atmosphere, unlikely to cause damage: report

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Chinese officials said a defunct space station the country launched seven years ago re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday night.

The Associated Press reported that the Tiangong-1 space station has largely burnt up in the atmosphere. As a result, it’s highly unlikely to cause any damage once it crashes back to Earth in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists previously warned that debris from the Tiangong-1, a satellite the size of a school bus that China launched in 2011, could land within the borders of Spain, Portugal, France and Greece.

The Aerospace Corporation had earlier told the public that a person is one million times more likely to win the Powerball jackpot than to be hit by debris from the satellite.

According to Fox News, only one person is know to have been hit by falling debris from outer space. In 1997, an American woman named Lottie Williams was struck by a piece from a U.S.-made rocket. She was not injured. 



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USA News

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