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We expected the old space station to crash. We hadn’t expected squatters.

In 2011, China launched its first space station, the Tiangong-1. This ‘Heavenly Palace’ is seen by some as a symbol of China’s ambitious push to become a space superpower. But in 2016, official confirmed that China had lost control of the space station and that it is rapidly falling towards Earth, due to crash land in late 2017 to early 2018. Reading this news, Lachlan Redfern felt an idea hurtle into his brain and exit at high speed, weaving together a tale of technological decline and the human drive for survival. 

//Lachlan Redfern lives in Melbourne, Australia. He’s written for The Editing Room.com and has contributed to the SCP Foundation collaborative writing project.//

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