The spacecraft weighed 18,740 pounds and was about the size of a school bus.
It was a fiery end to what was once one of China's highest-profile space projects.
The ESA said the lab will make an "uncontrolled re-entry" as ground teams are no longer able to fire its engines or thrusters for orbital adjustments.
The eight-tonne 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, moments after predicting a slightly later re-entry over the Atlantic.
Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believes Tiangong is only the 50th most massive object to come back uncontrolled.
With accommodation for two astronauts, China's first space station blasted into orbit aboard a Long March rocket in 2011.
The 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1, with a length of 10.4 meters and maximum diameter of 3.35 meters, providing a room of 15 cubic meters for three astronauts to live and work, was launched by the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on September 29, 2011.
Tiangong-1 was launched on September 29, 2011 and its service ended in March 2016.Читайте также: Kim Jong-un wants to write new history with South Korea
A mission to land another rover on Mars and bring back samples is set to launch in 2020, while China also plans to become the first country to soft-land a probe on the far side of the moon.
Beijing, April 2, 2018 (AFP) - Shortly after the Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Monday, most of it was vaporised, Chinese space officials said, with the remnants expected to have plopped harmlessly somewhere into the Pacific Ocean.
Chinese experts tried to allay fears, saying that the falling of the 40-foot-long Tiangong-1, which means "celestial palace", would not be risky and that it would burn up in the atmosphere like a meteor.
During its operation, the space lab conducted six automatic and astronaut-controlled dockings with the nation's Shenzhou VIII, Shenzhou IX and Shenzhou X spacecraft. The exact timing of the space lab's return to Earth was fine-tuned over the following days. "Although it's only aimed to test the technologies for space station, it has many far-reaching effects", Mao Xinyuan, a columnist, was quoted as saying.
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Salyut 7, launched in 1982, was the last orbiting laboratory under the Soviet Union's Salyut programme.
China plans to finalise its space station to rival Mir, the Russian space station now in orbit by 2022. The flaming debris from the 80-tonne craft was caught streaking across the sky over the southern U.S. by local TV stations, with tens of thousands of the doomed shuttle's parts scattered over Texas and Louisiana.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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