>> China's first space station, the Tiangong-I came crashing through the atmosphere on Monday. However, Beijing space agency says most of it burned up over the South Pacific. They also say it wasn't likely any large chunks were actually reached the ground. The station's name translates as heavenly palace and was launched in 2011.
It was the cornerstone of China's ambitious space program. Originally, it was only designed to work for two years worth of experiments, but its mission kept getting extended until China's said the reentry would happen in late 2017. Then that deadline passed too, which led some experts to say that space lab was likely out of control.
China denies that claim. On Monday the country state around tabloid that global times said foreign media envy China's space program saying quote, it's normal for space craft to re-enter the atmosphere, yet Tiangong-I received so much attention partly because some Western countries are trying to hype and sling mud at China's fast-growing aerospace industry.
For now Tiangong number two remains in orbit. Running more experiments to help China put a permanent station above the skies by 2023.