Chinese Space Station Could Crash to Earth on Easter Weekend

Tiangong-1 reentry window forecast as of 6 March Credit ESA

The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is now speeding towards the Planet Earth as well as it is anticipated that the unchecked as well as dropping spaceport station will certainly participate in Earth's ambience near around 20th March to 2nd April.

China admitted past year it no longer had control of the space station -- and now it's getting close to plummeting back to Earth.

Tiangong-1 was traveling at about 18,000 mph (29,000 km/h) in an orbit almost 168 miles (270 kilometers) above Earth when the radar images were acquired, according to Fraunhofer FHR.

Aerospace notes that between 10 to 40 percent of a spacecraft re-entering the Earth's atmosphere is expected to make it through. Its uncontrolled fall to Earth shares some similarities with the end of the Skylab space station in 1979; some of Skylab's pieces rained down on rural Australia.

But even among controlled re-entries, the upcoming, uncontrolled descent of tiny Tiangong-1 will be a blip.

Most of the eight-tonne space probe, launched in 2011, should "burn up" in the atmosphere before crash landing, Chinese space officials say. The 77-tonne USA space station Skylab also didn't injure anybody and only parts of it were later gathered.




Space boffins at the ASI estimate the Chinese space station will reenter the atmosphere on April 1 at 12.25pm Italian time - but the calculations are not set in stone.

The shape of China's falling space station Tiangong-1 can be seen in this radar image from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques near Bonn, Germany. "Regular checks are also carried out to establish whether or not Tiangong-1 is still fully intact".

The Soviet military space station Salyut-2 remains, at 20.2 tons (18.3 metric tons), the largest human-created object to enter the atmosphere completely uncontrolled, after an accident sent it tumbling Earthward in 1973.

But you would have to be extremely unlucky to be taken out by a chunk of debris from Tiangong-1, according to space engineer Warwick Holmes, executive director of space engineering at the University of Sydney's School of Aerospace.

"I think it's something like a one in one trillion chance that this is going to hit you, so it's pretty small". It hosted three space crews whose members performed science experiments, including one group of astronauts who remained on the station for a then-record 84 days.

For argument's sake, and you do become the unluckiest person on the planet to suffer injury or loss because of falling space junk from Tiangong-1, those same space treaties mean you would have some cause for complaint.

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