China's space lab Tiangong-1 set for re-entry into earth atmosphere

Katie Ramirez
March 31, 2018

ESA's Room Particles Workplace has actually been preserving a day-to-day blog site of Tiangong-1's elevation, together with one of the most current anticipated reentry day.

What will happen and how great is the danger?

The European Space Agency has a smaller window between midday Saturday and early Sunday afternoon GMT time.

Speed and friction caused space material to burn up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, he said.

People should also remember these things about Tiangong-1, not just as the Chinese space station that came crashing back to Earth.

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced MI was activating its Emergency Operations Center to monitor Tiangong 1's reentry.

The ESA do however claim the Chinese satellite's re-entry will take place somewhere between latitudes 43 degrees North and 43 degres South. Out of range are Russia, Canada and Northern Europe.

Some experts believe that substantial remains of the craft could survive re-entry and hit Earth. The chances of anyone person on Earth being hit by debris is considered less than 1 in 1 trillion.

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About 100 tonnes of spent rocket stages, defunct satellites, and other space debris come down each year.

On Friday, the Chinese space station was still hurtling around the planet more than 180km above the surface. This is because the space station is tumbling as it falls, making it hard to predict how the Earth's atmosphere will affect its path.

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MI is in the re-entry zone and is preparing for the unlikely event that debris from the space station lands somewhere in the state. No one on the ground was injured. The trajectory of the satellite is spiral which is the result of the atmospheric drag. The 400-tonne ISS would barely fit inside a football field, while the 8.5 tonne Chinese station is no bigger than a bus. That stated, the opportunities of Tiangong-1 collapsing on an individual or home are infinitesimal.

The shape of China's falling space station Tiangong-1 can be seen in this radar image from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques.

Those manned missions included China's first female astronauts. In September 2016 the Tiangong-2 space lab was successfully launched and put into orbit. Since then it has been orbiting gradually closer and closer to Earth on its own while being monitored.

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It has conducted both crewed and robotic missions. If pieces of the space station do make their way to Earth's surface, the odds are they will land harmless into the ocean - oceans cover 70 percent of Earth's surface. Reentry for the Tiangong-1 space station could happen over a massive swath of Earth spanning NY to Cape Town with no way to predict where that reentry might occur. China also plans to become the first country to soft-land a probe on the far side of the moon.

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