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Crashing space station shows why China must start to collaborate in orbit

China launched the second vehicle in its "Tiangong" (meaning "Heavenly palace") programme to construct a space station in early September. Despite the success of the launch, the announcement was overshadowed by the acknowledgement that the prototype module Tiangong-1 – which was always due to be replaced – is out of control and will, almost certainly, crash back down to Earth in late 2017.
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