Scientists continue to warn of the falling Chinese space station Tiangong-1 as its journey back to Earth draws to an end. Experts say the space-faring vessel may crash land as soon as Easter Sunday, or April 1. They also say it is unlikely to fall on top of our heads, but it still could happen.
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The Tiangong-1 space station is expected to fall between March 31 and April 1 with a particular emphasis on 10 a.m. EDT according to Aerospace Corp. which is the company tracking the station's fall. The target of April 1 comes with a margin of error of 16 hours meaning the space lab could fall back to earth anytime between Saturday and Sunday evening.
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The European Space Agency also came to the same conclusion with its own estimate and agrees with the predicted time frame. Even with all of the advanced mathematics involved, scientists and engineers still can't predict the exact location that the 9.4-ton space station will land.
Roger Thompson, a senior engineering specialist with Aerospace Corp., said, "It is tumbling. We have been able to confirm that there is a tumble, we just can't tell the orientation."
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A map made by the European Space Agency shows the area in which China's Tiangong-1 space station could potentially land, which is basically anywhere on half the globe. The station was originally launched in September 2011 to test technology for an even bigger space station to be built in the next several years.
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China's national news agency Xinhua announced, "There is no need for people to worry about its re-entry into the atmosphere. It won't crash to the Earth fiercely, as in sci-fi movie scenarios, but will look more like a shower of meteors."
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They can't tell us When and Where about something that is in a decaying orbit only 110 miles away.
But tell us the orbit pattern and there is life on a distant planet 23+ light years away and we should spend $100 Billion dollars on that for 10-20 years ?
But can tell us a rock found at the South Pole was from MARS a dn landed here several million years ago and happen to slice open just the right rock to find signs of life from millions of years ago. Started the Mars missions.
Just Thinking out loud….
They sure are good at Budget Math, but it is clear they need to brush up on Rocket Science Math ☺
I predict several large chunks to drop and the media to run story of Space junk damaged my ___.
Home Owner to sue China.
Insurance Companies to rewrite policies to exclude Space Junk after close call over _____.
..al gore claims inventing space junk then blames it for climate change. hrc blames election results on space junk.
If you want to track the fall of the space station here is the life tracking link.
Currently it is floating up and down between 147km (91miles) & 180Km (110 miles)
in orbit. Which is about 1/2 that of the ISS orbit and 1/3 that of Hubble.
Multiple source predict re-entry will starts when it height drops to around 100km. (63 miles)
BTW: It missed Atlanta Ga on the 0620hrs US-ET pass ☺