News Brief: A month after the breakup of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, another spacecraft went to its fiery doom today with far less fanfare. Orbital assessments from the U.S. military’s Joint Space Operations Center indicate that NASA’s Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer made its atmospheric re-entry at roughly 7:45 a.m. PT (14:45 GMT), more than 22 years after its launch and six years after it was decommissioned. The 6,700-pound probe’s destruction wasn’t expected to leave much of a trace, but its legacy is enduring. The mission’s most notable contributions came in the study of black holes and their effect on the fabric of spacetime.
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