On Friday, China's space station 2-pole is formally decommissioned – in brutal fashion.
Tiangong-2 will burn its thrusters and aim itself straight into a separate patch of the Pacific Ocean, New Scientific Reports which records the end of a three-year journey at the prototype station station in orbit.
China has always planned to cut the Pillar-2. All the research and missions planned for the space station are finished, with each New Scientist so now there is no reason to leave it in orbit, where it is cluttering up the night sky.
Tiangnog-2 has fallen to create a room for the full size and more permanent space of China, which is expected to be released in 2020.
Final Resting Place
Most Pillar-2 will crush in vanity as it enters the Earth's atmosphere. But some fragments will survive re-entry, so they are launched towards Point Nemo, a remote patch of Pacific Ocean with the nickname "spacecraft cemetery."
Once it is present, Tiangong-2 will rest ̵