Tiangong-1 space station

Tiangong-1: Heading for Earth?

CNSA

Residents of Xiangdu in southern China pointed their smartphones skyward at an object tumbling from the heavens last month. In online footage, the object explodes in fields on a hillside outside town. It turned out to be a strap-on booster from a rocket that had launched two navigation satellites from a site 700 kilometres away.

To reinforce the suspicion that this was no accident, the same thing happened again in the same region this week, with similar images of exploding debris near buildings.

It was sheer luck no one was maimed or …

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