Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is hurtling towards earth; know more

Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is hurtling towards earth; know more

Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is hurtling towards earth; know more

A defunct Chinese space station is falling to Earth at 17,400 miles per hour and orbits about every 90 minutes.

China says it has lost control of the station and there is no way to know where it will re-enter the atmosphere.

The European Space Agency, which has given regular updates on Tiangong-1, estimates re-entry between 30 March and 2 April is "highly variable".

That said, we still don't know where Tiangong-1 will end up coming down.

ESA stated: "Given the uncontrolled nature of this re-entry event, the zone over which fragments might fall stretches over a curved ellipsoid that is thousands of kilometres in length and tens of kilometres wide". The 8.5 ton Tiangong-1 "ceased functioning" on March 16, 2016, China told the United Nations in May 2017, without specifying why.

In what could be a rerun of panic that the crash of Skylab had spread in the late 1970s, China's prototype space station Tiangong-1 is reportedly hurtling towards earth and could enter the atmosphere this week.

The China Manned Space programme, which put Tiangong-1 into orbit in September 2011, has been mostly mum on the fate of China's first space station, created to test technologies related to docking in orbit.

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"If it happens to be falling in an area where you'll be able to see it, then it should be pretty obvious if you're looking up at the night sky", Parks said.

It added: "Due to the relatively large size of the object, it is expected that there will be many pieces reentering together, some of which may survive reentry and land on the Earth's surface". The radar image of Tiangong-1 from different perspectives are terrifying.

Tiangong-1 is China's first space station; it launched in 2011 and was visited twice by taikonauts (Chinese astronauts).

Even with a higher chance than other regions, the likelihood of a piece of debris hitting someone or something is very unlikely. CORDS helps inform increasingly critical USA policymaking in this area, part of Aerospace's effort to shape the future of space policy by injecting technical expertise into the conversation.

The temperature and density of different parts of the atmosphere, the Sun's activity and what parts are facing Earth will all come into play. The rotation is one of the factors in determining when the space station will hit Earth.

But you would have to be extremely unlucky to be taken out by a chunk of debris from Tiangong-1, according to space engineer Warwick Holmes, executive director of space engineering at the University of Sydney's School of Aerospace.

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