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Detailed radar imaging of Tiangong-1; how do they do that?

@JamesPoulose's answer shows an advanced radar image of Tiangong-1, 270 km from the Earth's surface. The images was sourced from Space.com's How Was China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Tracked So ...
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Why are Tiangong-1's Apogee and Perigee Graphs Wobbly?

The apogee and perigee graph of the Tiangong-1 space station, about to re-enter and break up Real Soon Now, is depicted in this graph (source: Wikipedia): Why are the graphs wobbly? Is it because the ...
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PSLV-C39/IRNSS-1H TLE accuracy

The TLEs accuracy for PSLV-C39/IRNSS-1H seems low when compared to that of the other LEO satellites (ISS, HST, Tiangong, Sfera 2, ...). Look, for example, at the following graph that shows the radius ...
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Did Tiangong-1 turn the engines on?

The following graph shows the Tiangong-1 radius vector at the perigee, semi-major axis and apogee (scaled to 6371 km just to show an approximate altitude) and its orbit eccentricity: I used the SGP4 ...
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Do we have any idea when Tiangong-1 will deorbit?

In March 2016 China's Manned Space Engineering Office announced that all Tiangong-1 telemetry had failed leaving no ability to safely control the space station's decent. With what we know about the ...
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Why Celestrak has Archived TLEs for most space stations from Russia and the US, but not Tiangong-1, Tiangong-2 or Skylab?

Thinking about this question, I wanted to look at historical data. Then I noticed that while Celestrak does provide Archived TLE data for Salyut 7, Mir, Kvant-1, Kvant-2, Kristallm, Spektr, Priroda, ...
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Is there real footage of Tiangong 1 reentry?

There are a couple of videos on the net showing some reentries and claiming them to be Tiangong 1. Is any of them authentic? I could not find any footage on the websites of the major space agencies (...
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Why does N2YO list Tiangong 1 as an ISS satellite? Is it just a mistake? yes/no?

The page http://www.n2yo.com/satellites/?c=2 which lists "ISS SATELLITES" includes Tiangong 1. Since it looks to me like all of the other objects are associated with ISS, and Tiangong 1 is a different ...
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