Tiangong-1 Space Station to Fall Out of Sky

Posted March 28, 2018

According to the European Space Agency and space debris experts the chances of being personally hit by a piece of space metal are practically zero, especially in Malta.

The Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace" lab, will hit the earth between March 31 and April 4 and "should" burn up in the atmosphere, Chinese space officials said this week.

The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is now speeding towards the Planet Earth as well as it is anticipated that the unchecked as well as dropping spaceport station will certainly participate in Earth's ambience near around 20th March to 2nd April.

During its operational lifetime, Tiangong took part in two crewed missions, and an unmanned one.

Speeding around our planet at about four miles per second, the uncrewed spacecraft is in a decaying orbit and out of control, tumbling through the uppermost reaches of the atmosphere. In 2016, China announced it had lost contact with Tiangong-1 and could therefore no longer control its direction, making predicting where it will end up hard. Using that, the radar images of the Tiangong-1 showed the blazing space station heading towards the Earth.

That said, much of Earth is uninhabited-making it likely that Tiangong-1 will fall in the ocean, or, like Skylab, into a remote area.

China admitted a year ago it no longer had control of the space station -- and now it's getting close to plummeting back to Earth. Previously it was informed that the space station may fall between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes, which is covered with water and some of its parts may hit the ground.

The spacecraft weighs approximately 8 tonnes and is 10 metres long, however, it turns out all of those sci-fi movies were right about one thing: the atmosphere will tear apart a space station. Kristian Zarb Adami, have developed a new system that allows not only the detection of such space debris, but also enables scientists to predict where it will land.

Future spacecraft will also be "designed for demise" upon reentry. "It spends 20 percent of its time between 40 and 43 deg N or S due just to the geometry of an inclined circle", says McDowell.

It's the debris you need to be looking out for.

Only one person is known to have been hit by space debris.

"By precisely determining the orbital data of Tiangong-1 until it re-enters at the end of March/beginning of April 2018, FHR offers the German Space Situational Awareness Center valuable support in forecasting the time and place of re-entry", Fraunhofer FHR representatives said in the statement.