Chinese space station is falling from space, but where will it land?

  • Chinese space station is falling from space, but where will it land?

Chinese space station is falling from space, but where will it land?

European Space Agency is tracking the movement, and its latest info predicts the probability between the period of March 24 and April 19.

An out-of-control Chinese space station is going to come crashing down to Earth soon, and Pennsylvania is among the areas where debris could potentially land. "But we will only know where they are going to land after the fact".

China's first space station named Tiangong-1 meaning Heavenly Palace went out of control on March 16 of 2016, and the nation revealed in 2017 that regaining control resulted in failure.

This is due to the orbit the space station is now in. "Every couple of years something like this happens, but Tiangong-1 is big and dense so we need to keep an eye on it", he told the Guardian.

The craft is believed to be carrying hydrazine which is used in rocket fuel and is highly toxic and dangerously unstable unless handled in solution. And it will fall, as, according to the calculations, the angle of entry into the atmosphere will be that station of time to fully burn.

These predictions may also change as new orbital measurements will be available.

The chances of actually being hit by debris are pretty small, according to Aerospace.

The report said: "There is a chance that a small amount of debris from the module will survive reentry and impact the ground". There has only been one person in history that has been hit by falling space debris and she was uninjured by the small piece.

While it's exact re-entry location can not be pinpointed, space agencies believe the doomed piece of space junk has a higher chance of hitting New Zealand, the US, Europe and Australia.

Experts from Aerospace's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (Cords) have been studying the space station and in November updated their predictions for its uncontrolled re-entry.

The South Island and lower North Island as seen from the International Space Station.

"This means that re-entry may take place over any spot on Earth between these latitudes, which includes several European countries, for example".

McDowell tweeted on Wednesday, March 7 that "confusion remains widespread" in predicting Tiangong-1's reentry location, and date and time.

"Even shortly before re-entry, only a very large time and geographical window can be estimated".

As noted, a majority of the spacecraft is expected to burn up upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere, but some chunks weighing as much as 220 pounds could hit the surface.