Heads Up! A Chinese Space Station Will Plummet to Earth Within Months

Heads Up! A Chinese Space Station Will Plummet to Earth Within Months

Heads Up! A Chinese Space Station Will Plummet to Earth Within Months

In May, China told the United Nations that the lab would reenter Earth between October and April 2018.

However, McDowell did not say where the probable collision might occur. This way, they would demonstrate the efforts of China to turn into a space superpower.

China launched the Tiangong-1 in 2011, it is the first orbiting space station which literally translates as "Heavenly Palace 1". The space lab has performed several key operations including a series of docking of exercises in 2012.

Referred to as the "Heavenly Palace" by CNSA, in its early years a range of missions took place at Tiangong-1.

Although most space debris falling towards Earth is disintegrated during the fall, the considerable size of the space station indicates that a sizeable portion would make it to Earth.

Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to predict exactly when and where the crash will occur, McDowell said.

"You really can't steer these things", McDowell said in 2016.

When Chinese scientists launched Tiangong-1 into space in 2011, officials said they did it to put a "potent political symbol" of the country floating right up with the stars. The biggest and latest example being the Chinese space laboratory that is going to come down crashing to the Earth.

McDowell said. "Even a couple of days before it reenters, we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it's going to come down".

"The probability of endangering and causing damage to aviation and ground activities is very low", China wrote in the memo. At the time, they just estimated that it would crash between 2017 or 2018.

The vessels each weighed about 20 tons, debris from which rained on Capitán Bermúdez in Argentina.

Intrigue in the 1979 crash was so high that the San Francisco Examiner offered a prize to the first person who brought a piece of the 77-ton station to its newsroom. China is also now observing the re-entry process of the Tiangong-1 and guaranteed to give updates through enhancing monitoring and forecasting.

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