Chinese Space station plummeting to Earth

Chinese Space station plummeting to Earth

Chinese Space station plummeting to Earth

The 10.4-metre-long Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace 1", China's first space lab, was launched into orbit in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments as part of China's ambitious space program, which aims to place a permanent station in orbit by 2023.

The CNSA - that's China National Space Administration, who have a logo that looks way too similar to Star Trek's logo - have briefed the United Nations on the trajectory of Tiangong-1 and have vowed to inform any country where the space station is expected to land when it comes closer to Earth.

Predicting when and where the rogue station will reach the surface is extremely hard as it orbits the Earth at around 18,000 miles per hour (29,000km/h). Once it reaches Earth's upper atmosphere, Tiangong-1 will make an uncontrolled reentry. The newest ESA reentry forecast points to Sunday, April 1, April Fools' Day.

"It's not impossible, but since the beginning of the space age. a woman who was brushed on the shoulder in Oklahoma is the only one we're aware of who's been touched by a piece of space debris", Ailor said.

In September 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the space lab.

The predicted reentry timeframe was originally between March 29 and April 2, however the timeframe has now been narrowed and it is expected to fall to Earth later than expected.

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Tiangong-1 - which is only a fraction of the size of the International Space Station - is considered a relatively large object to be falling to Earth, but around 50 larger objects have previously had uncontrolled reentries. It's most likely to be along the white lines. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is being especially cheery, offering regular updates and letting us know that there's another piece of celestial debris that's headed our way. "You might even see a smoke trial".

During the re-entry period for Tiangong-1, you might be able to see streaks in the sky, like a meteor shower, but that depends on several factors. The space station is orbiting at a height of 122miles. Scientists can say, however, Tiangong-1 will reenter somewhere between 43deg North and 43deg South latitudes.

A map showing the area over which Tiangong-1 could re-enter.

Experts predict that a Chinese space station now tumbling toward Earth will make its crash landing on Easter Sunday, but they are not sure where.

The space station's path could change.

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