Tiangong-2 will fire its thrusters to point its reentry towards the Pacific Ocean, between New Zealand and Chile. Eastern using its own propulsion, following an engine burn 10 a.m. July 18 to lower the spacecraft's perigee.
Due to the current condition of the spacecraft, the agency will be able to safely control the re-entry of Tiangong-2.
Its real objective was to test out some of the technologies that are going to be used on China's much larger space station - still a fifth of the size of the International Space Station - set to be launched next year. Both were designed as steppingstones for developing and verifying technologies for larger 20-metric-ton modules for the planned Chinese Space Station (CSS), a long-term ambition laid out in 1992.
China has carried out a series of scientific and technological space experiments and tested the in-orbit propellant refueling technology on Tiangong-2.
Tiangong-2's controlled re-entry into the atmosphere marks the successful completion of all the tasks in the space lab phase of China's manned space programme, said Mr Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China's manned space programme. Tinagong-2 was crewed by two astronauts who stayed inside the station for 30 days.
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Tiangong-2's predecessor, Tiangong-1 which ended up losing power in April 2018 and came back down to Earth unplanned and in an uncontrolled manner.
With the end of the Tiangong-2 China enters a period without a spacecraft capable of hosting human spaceflight missions for the first time since 2011.
Tiangong-2 - which means "heavenly palace" - was never meant to be a permanent fixture, but a test run for various technologies ahead of China launching a bigger space station, which it hopes to send into orbit in 2020.
It has functions of rendezvous and docking with the Shenzhou manned spaceship and the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft. China will report once it's taken place. The delay also means that the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission will nearly certainly not take place in late 2019 as planned.
Today is an important day for China's space agency. Contact with the station was lost in 2016, three years after it was abandoned.