China's Rogue Space Station Could Crash to the Earth Tonight

China's Rogue Space Station Could Crash to the Earth Tonight

China's Rogue Space Station Could Crash to the Earth Tonight

While operational, Tiangong-1 was visited by two crews of taikonauts.

"The @SpaceTrackOrg TIP window is down to + - 3 hours, during which time Tiangong-1 makes 4 orbits of the Earth".

It did not, however, specify an exact time. The spacecraft is making dozens of orbits of the Earth over several days, hitting speeds of 27,000 kilometres an hour.

The Space Agency notes the spacecraft could hit the Earth anywhere within a large band of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south of the equator. That includes a vast swath of the planet, including the entirety of Africa, most of South America, the continental US from Boston south, and much of China.

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Crews at the European Space Agency in Germany have kept a watchful eye on the crashing space lab.

The Tiangong-1 will disintegrate during its re-entry and only a few parts of it will survive the process and reach Earth's surface, which, ESA recalled, is largely covered with water or is uninhabited.

One of the main goals was to have a station that could be used to practice docking in space, which is essential for further space exploration, including the use of larger space stations in the future. It should be visible for a minute or so as the station tumbles and breaks up and its constituent pieces burn.

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A 9.4-ton Chinese space station about the size of a school bus crashed back to Earth over the southern Pacific Ocean Sunday evening, experts said.

The chance someone will be hit by space junk is one in a trillion. The Chinese space agency said it should happen during the course of Monday, Beijing time. The station carried hydrazine, a highly toxic rocket fuel.

It will take a lot of luck to catch a glimpse of the Heavenly Palace's final moments.

Chinese authorities have said the roughly eight-tonne Tiangong-1 is unlikely to cause any damage when it comes down and that its fiery disintegration will offer a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower.

China has never admitted such a thing, but experts don't believe it.

Ren Guoqiang, China's defense ministry spokesman, told reporters Thursday that Beijing has been briefing the United Nations and the worldwide community about Tiangong 1's re-entry through multiple channels.

In preparation, Gov. Rick Snyder has activated the state's Emergency Operations Center to monitor the re-entry.

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