Space lab the size of a bus plummets back to Earth on Sunday night
China’s Tiangong-1 space lab re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere Sunday night, falling into the middle of the South Pacific, according to China’s Manned Space Agency.
The 40-foot long Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace,” re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at about 8:15 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.
It had been expected to re-enter between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Scientists previously emphasized the danger of being hit by falling debris is tiny, as low as one in 1 trillion, as the structure is likely to burn up in the atmosphere during re-entry.
“There is no need for people to worry about its re-entry into the atmosphere,” an article by the China Manned Space Engineering Office published on state media said.
“It won’t crash to the Earth fiercely, as in sci-fi movie scenarios, but will look more like a shower of meteors.”
CNN contributed to this report.