Chinese Space Station Will Likely Fall To Earth This Weekend

Terry Joseph
March 28, 2018

The Italian space agency says there's a slim chance that China's Tiangong-1 space station will hit Italy when it falls out of the sky sometime in the next week.

"It can be surmised that Tiangong-1 will break up during its atmospheric reentry and that some parts will survive the process and reach the surface of Earth".

The European Space Agency (ESA) has estimated the re-entry timeline between March 30 and April 2, and expected to crash somewhere between 43-degrees north and 43-degrees south latitudes.

An artist's rendition of Tiangong-1 in orbit.

Beijing has been unable to pinpoint where the debris might fall because the spacecraft is now entirely out of control.

On September 14, 2016, China made an official statement predicting Tiangong-1 would reenter the atmosphere in the latter half of 2017.

The state of Oklahoma lies in the path of possible re-entry for a falling Chinese space station.

The station was the first built and launched by China in 2011.

That said, much of Earth is uninhabited-making it likely that Tiangong-1 will fall in the ocean, or, like Skylab, into a remote area.

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World News - An out-of-control Chinese space station is expected to plunge to Earth in about a week.

Now the craft completes an orbit of the planet every one and a half hours at speeds of 28,000 kilometres per hour, with its trajectory varying between the latitudes of 43 degrees south and 43 degrees north.

"A similar size object reentered over Peru in January (the Zenit rocket stage from the Angosat-1 launch) and a few pressurized tank pieces were found on the ground, but pretty much no-one paid attention", McDowell said via email earlier this month.

The spacecraft weighs approximately 8 tonnes and is 10 metres long, however, it turns out all of those sci-fi movies were right about one thing: the atmosphere will tear apart a space station.

Future spacecraft will also be "designed for demise" upon reentry.

At the moment, the Tiangong-1 orbits over Italy roughly every 90 minutes, three to four times a day at an altitude between 220 and 220km above Earth.

Here's everything you need to know about Tiangong-1 and its impending fall.

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.

The agency predicted it would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere from Friday until April 2.

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