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2018-04-02

天宮入海

新華社報導,中國載人航太工程辦公室最新消息指出,中國目標飛行器「天宮一號」今晨815分再入地球大氣層,再入落區約在南太平洋中部區域,絕大部份器件在再入大氣層過程中燒毀。

中國載人航太工程辦公室稍早預估,天宮一號再入大氣層位置約在西經19.4度,南緯10.2度,約為南大西洋的英屬亞松森島(Ascension)西南方海域。

The Tiangong-1 spacecraft made its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere early Monday and burned up over the South Pacific, according to China's Manned Space Engineering Office.  Hong Kong media reported that some debris splash-landed in waters off the coast of Chile.


China had predicted as late as Monday morning that the touchdown would occur somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The fact that Tiangong-1 made its final landing on the other side of the Americas challenges the assumption that space administrators had control of the craft.

China's military-led space program launched its first satellite in 1970 and piloted its first manned mission in 2003.   It plans to complete another space station by around 2022, aiming to become a space-exploring power in the same class as the U.S. and Russia by 2030.

Meanwhile, both America and Russia are cooperating on the International Space Station, along with participants including Japan and European countries.  However, the station's future beyond 2024 remains in limbo, with President Donald Trump planning to end U.S. funding for the ISS after that year. 

At an international space exploration conference last month, the Chinese delegate said Beijing would constructively consider participating in an international space station that would orbit the moon.

With space development closely linked to national security, the hurdles remain high for China's participation.  But sharing information in a situation like this could help boost Beijing's standing.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Chinese-space-station-crash-exposes-risks-of-go-it-alone-policy


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