Chinese space station fell to Earth on April Fools’ Day… no joke (6 Photos & Video)


People around the world watched anxiously as China’s space station, Tiangong-1, hurtled towards Earth this weekend. The exact time and location of the crash weren’t precisely pinpointed until the final few hours last night, when it eventually broke apart and burned up in the skies over the South Pacific.Yes on April Fools’ Day… Really. I’m 100% serious. I don’t blame you for the hesitation, I almost didn’t believe it myself before writing this post. But unless international space agencies somehow came together to collectively prank the entire planet, this is real.The doomed space station plummeted to its watery grave at about 8:16 pm ET Sunday night. Although the majority of it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere, small fragments certainly survived, coming down in the central region of the South Pacific Ocean, northwest of Tahiti.Launched in September 2011, Tiangong-1 hosted two separate crews of Chinese astronauts in 2012 and 2013. Contact was officially lost with it in 2016 when the fall back to Earth began.Roughly the size of a school bus and weighing 9.4 tons, the craft was one of the biggest pieces of space debris to ever re-enter our atmosphere. Thankfully though, the odds that it could cause any damage or injury were extremely small. The chances of being hit by a flaming piece of Tiangong-1 were less than 1-in-1 trillion, according to the Aerospace Corporation.And if you do happen to find a chunk of the space station, don’t pick it up! Or even breathe in any fumes coming off it! Experts have warned that the debris could be contaminated with hydrazine, a toxic rocket fuel.