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RUIMTEVAART: Chinees ruimtestation crasht op Aarde (1) infographic
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Chinees ruimtestation Tiangong-1 crasht op Aarde

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March 29-April 9, 2018 -- Het Chinese ruimtestation Tiangong-1 valt tussen maart en april terug naar de Aarde. Hoewel onmogelijk is te bepalen waar de 8,5 ton wegende module terecht komt, is de kans klein dat iemand geraakt wordt door brokstukken. Brokstukken kunnen echter besmet zijn met resten giftige en kankerverwekkende hydrozine raketbrandstof.

In 2011, the Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace, China’s first space station, was launched, serving as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed to demonstrate orbital rendezvous and docking capabilities. Four years later, Beijing admitted it would not be able to perform a re-entry due to having lost control of the module.

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