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A defunct Chinese space lab broke apart as it hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere on Monday and plunged towards a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said.

The Tiangong-1 “mostly” burnt up above the vast ocean’s central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said.

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There was no immediate confirmation of the final resting place of any remaining debris, although the South Pacific is largely empty.

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