Chinese space station set to plummet to the Earth this weekend

Posted April 01, 2018

Scaringi said it was China's smaller version of an International Space Station.

According to NBC News, what experts do know is that it is highly unlikely that large pieces of the Tiangong-1 will survive re-entry through Earth's atmosphere, much less impact any populated area, but even scientists are skeptical.

The Tiangong-1 space station has been adrift since the Chinese space agency lost control of the prototype lab in 2016.

Just in time for Easter: A defunct, 9-ton Chinese space station the size of a city bus is expected to return to Earth - hard - in flaming chunks of metallic debris around Sunday, aerospace scientists say.

While the reentry is likely to create a memorable light show for any astronomers lucky enough to spot it, it is now challenging to predict when exactly the space station will fall.

The area impacted includes parts of southern MI.

Having concluded its historic mission, Tiangong-1 has officially terminated sending data and entered its final phase of life on March 16, according to a notice issued by the China Manned Space Engineering Office on Monday.

ESA issued a statement today: "The space debris team at ESA have adapted their reentry forecast over the last 24 hr to take into consideration the conditions of low solar acitivy".

Here's how to keep up with where the wayward space station is and where it might land.The most recent projections have the station re-entering the Earth's atmosphere around April 1 at 12:15 p.m.

A Chinese space station is falling to Earth, and no one is quite sure where it's going to land.

The re-entry latitude of the Tiangong-1 is expected to be within 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south of the equator, a huge swath of the earth which stretches from NY to Cape Town. But you can track the current location of Tiangong-1 using SatView and other sources.

MI is in the re-entry zone and is preparing for the unlikely event that debris from the space station lands somewhere in the state.

The structure is expected to burn up on reentry to the atmosphere.

That is roughly 10 million times less likely than getting hit by lightning.

The shape of China's falling space station Tiangong-1 can be seen in this radar image from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques. "Those are unknowns that we typically never actually know", said Roger Thompson, an engineer at Aerospace Corporation's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies, whose work includes running those calculations. The space station is now on a slowly decaying orbit as its altitude decreases picks up speed as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.