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Chinese space station crashes to Earth over the South Pacific

China's defunct Tiangong-1 space station re-entered the atmosphere and landed in the South Pacific at around 8:16 p.m. ET on Sunday, the country's Manned Space Agency announced.

Most of the 40-foot-long lab burned up upon re-entry. Tiangong-1, which means "Heavenly Palace," was launched in September 2011, as a prototype for a permanent space station China wants to launch by 2022. The European Space Agency had warned that debris from Tiangong-1 could fall over the United States, anywhere from Oregon to Connecticut.