Chinese Space Station could Crash in Michigan This Weekend

Chinese Space Station could Crash in Michigan This Weekend

CORDS has zeroed in on early April 1, while the United States military's Joint Space Operations Center predicts an earlier re-entry at 5:52 p.m. PT Saturday, March 31, with a margin of error of 14 hours. Most of the station is likely to be burned up in the atmosphere but some debris could make their way towards Earth and hit its surface.

"Chances that space debris will hurt anybody are extremely slim, although when and where the space station's remains will land is still unknown".

In 2016 Tiangong-2 was launched as an update to Tiangong-1 and, by 2022, Beijing plans to have Tiangong-3 in orbit as a fully operational manned space station. 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. "And the odds of getting hit by a piece of the space lab that manages to survive the fiery re-entry into our atmosphere are incredibly low". The altitude of the space station was reported at 182.462 km when it was spotted and during the 81 seconds, it dropped to 182.407 km.

"In the history of spaceflight, no casualties due to falling space debris have ever been confirmed", ESA said in a blog post on its website.

"We could get some show" from the space station's demise, said Harold Henderson, director of the Lake Afton Observatory.

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The space station will return to earth at approximately 10 a.m. EDT Sunday, give or take 16 hours, according to Aerospace, a private space engineering and research company that has been tracking the progress of the 9.4-ton, school-bus-sized space station for months.

It will come down somewhere between the 43rd north and south parallels, roughly between the latitudes of London in Britain and Wellington in New Zealand, but it is impossible to be any more specific, ESA's Krag said.

Two years ago, China said it had lost telemetry services with Tiangong-1, the Aerospace Corporation said.

Space lawyer Kim Ellis said it would mean the 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.

Due to its high dimensions, the Tiangong 1 is an object that can not be fully incinerated on its journey back to Earth, meaning that many fragments won't be significantly harmed or reduced causing the station to split and be sparse when reentering the atmosphere.