China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space station has re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere narrowly missing Japan and crashing into the South Atlantic.
“The space station overshot Japan by a few thousand kilometres,” said China National Space Administration spokesperson Wei Too Faa.
“We tried our best.”
At 12 metres long and weighing 8.5 tonnes, Tiangong-1 is not as large as the International Space Station (ISS), but Chinese officials were hoping it could at least inflict some damage on one of Japan’s numerous world heritage sites.
“We figured if we hit Japan, the chances were pretty high that we were going to damage a world heritage site.”