Chinese space station expected to crash down before April 3

Mar 28, 2018, 01:02
Chinese space station expected to crash down before April 3

"The personal probability of being hit by a piece of debris from the Tiangong-1 is actually 10 million times smaller than the yearly chance of being hit by lightning", the European Space Agency says.

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.

The Times said Monday that in the 60 years humans have been sending rockets into space, only one person has been reported to have been struck by space debris falling from orbit.

A flaming 8.5-tonne (more than 3,200 kilograms) space station the size of a school bus is hurtling towards Earth and there is every reason to be anxious, but people shouldn't panic.

China launched Tiangong-1 in 2011.

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Still quite low. It'll come down in the latitudes of 43 degrees north and south, and that is somewhere between southern France and Hobart.

The ASI is one of 13 worldwide space agencies monitoring the satellite as it approaches earth for an uncontrolled crash landing. The vague guess has led experts to conclude that the country's space agency has lost all ability to direct the crashing station's course or know where it will land.

But the China National Space Administration has refuted the "hysteria", stressing that the remnants of Tiangong-1, if there are any, will only fall into the South Pacific, following the trajectory of the epic de-orbit of the Mir in 2001. "To be injured by one of these fragments is extremely unlikely".

Anyone who's anyone in the field of monitoring space junk has been keeping a close eye on Tiangong-1, or "Celestial Palace 1", China's first space station.

An uncontrolled Chinese space station weighing at least 7 tonnes is set to break up as it hurtles to Earth on or around April 1, the European Space Agency has forecast.

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For those are seeking to know the location where Tiangong-1 would crash, it is very hard to predict it for it is moving at a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour. Credit: Click or tap the image to follow Tiangong-1 on Satview.

This space station is China's first.

Experts say the potential danger to humans is small.

"Some parts of the upper atmosphere are thicker than others meaning the craft slows unpredictably and since it travels around the Earth in just 90 minutes even an uncertainty of a two minutes means the craft could fall anywhere along a 1,000 kilometer track", Duffy said.

The laboratory comprised several modules and was able to support up to three astronauts for two weeks at a time.

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While most of the spacecraft is likely to burn up before hitting the Earth, some parts of the Tiangong-1 are still said to hit the ground, which has raised the concern among the scientists.