Officials say Chinese space station expected to crash to earth soon

Officials say Chinese space station expected to crash to earth soon

Officials say Chinese space station expected to crash to earth soon

Should people living in Wisconsin be anxious about it crashing on top of us?

Tiangong-1 won't be the biggest spacecraft ever to fall uncontrolled from the sky.

Two manned missions to Tiangong-1 were completed.

Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, which issued the Tiangong-1 prediction, said the March 30 to April 2 window is "highly variable", and it will not be possible to determine exactly where the space station will fall to Earth.

The European Space Agency is providing re-entry updates every day or two on its blog, including on the lab's potential landing zone, its altitude changes, and the re-entry window, which the agency now puts between March 30 and April 2.

Tiangong-1 was still over 200 km above Earth's surface on March 26, 2018, but its orbit is predicted to decay very quickly in the days ahead. The exact date and time will increase in accuracy as April 1 approaches.

Space lawyer Kim Ellis said it would mean the Australian federal government could present a claim for damage to China should Tiangong-1 collide with and damage a satellite from Australia or damage people or property within Australia.

The European Space Agency says that there have never been any confirmed casualties due to falling space debris.

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Aerospace Corporation's Tiangong-1 re-entry dashboard.

It has been abandoned by astronauts since 2013, and in 2016, the Chinese space agency officially declared the spacecraft had "ceased functioning". This is because the station is travelling at a speed of over 7 kilometres per second.

But, it's also worth noting that Tiangong-1 itself is just a fraction of the size of other objects that have fallen (controlled or uncontrolled) to Earth.

All images courtesy of The Aerospace Corporation. The green band between them has lower probability.

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 heavenly vehicle successfully docked with the Shenzhou-8, Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and undertook a series of experiments.

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

The satellite is expected to fall out of orbit between March 29 and April 4 and reenter the atmosphere somewhere between 43 degrees North and 43 degrees South, according to the Aerospace Corporation.

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