China's Tiangong-2 space station is officially no more

Darrell Etherington
China's Tiangong-2 space station is officially no more

Chinese space station Tiangong-2 has officially ended its mission, and the orbital research facility's entire existence. The platform de-orbited and burned up as planned at just after 9 AM ET on Friday, coming down over the South Pacific Ocean, as confirmed by the official Chinese space agency. Tiangong-2 was relatively small for a space station (when measured against the ISS), consisting of just a research module with enough space on board for only two astronauts.