Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Soon Crash To Earth

China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Soon Crash To Earth

Following its uncontrolled reentry and potential crash, Anond Snidvongs of GISTDA disapproved any news stating that its crash can be harmful and especially, the hydrazine propellant that the space station has carried. The European Space Agency believes it will re-enter Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 24 and April 19, reports CNBC.

Most pieces of space junk burn up on re-entry, but because of its size, pieces of Tiangong-1 might reach the ground. Some fragments could survive the fiery reentry, but experts say the risk to humans on the ground is small. The corporation's scientists also predict it will come down somewhere between the 43° North and 43° South latitudes with a high likelihood of an ocean landing of whatever did not burn during re-entry.

While most of it will burn up during re-entry, around 10 to 40 per cent of the satellite is expected to survive as debris, and some parts may contain unsafe hydrazine and could weigh up to 220lb.

"When considering the worst-case location (yellow regions of the map) the probability that a specific person (i.e., you) will be struck by Tiangong-1 debris is about one million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot", reports.

'In the history of spaceflight, no casualties due to falling space debris have ever been confirmed'. "Only one person has been recorded as being hit by a piece of space debris and fortunately she was not injured". Jonathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, said in a statement.

For now, ground stations are able to track Tiangong-1 as it speeds along at 16,000 miles an hour some 180 miles above Earth.

It was now falling at about 6km a week, compared to 1.5km in October.

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The module is predicted to land somewhere between 43° north and 43° south latitudes.

"It is only in the final week or so that we are going to be able to start speaking about it with more confidence". Scientists could offer a better prediction if they knew exactly what was on the station, but the only people privy to that information seems to be Chinese authorities.

Known as the "Heavenly Palace", Tiangong-1 launched in September 2011 and was viewed as a major step for the space agency in its quest to build a space station by 2020.

It was used for both manned and unmanned missions and visited by China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang, in 2012.

While the launch of the Chinese space station made China the third nation to operate their own space station after the United States and Russian Federation, they're now dealing with the embarrassing fallout as it plummets back down to Earth. They broke up over Argentina, scattering debris over the town of Capitán Bermúdez.

Nasa's 77-tonne Skylab space station came hurtling to Earth in an nearly completely uncontrolled descent in 1979, with some large pieces landing outside Perth in Western Australia.

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