China space station to fall to Earth in 2017
Posted September 23, 2016 by
China's first space station is expected to fall back to Earth in the second half of 2017, amid speculation authorities have lost control of it.
The Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace" laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of an ambitious Chinese plan to catch up with other space powers.
However, a senior space official has said the lab had "comprehensively fulfilled its historical mission".
The lab is currently intact and orbiting at 370km above ground.