Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Chinese Space Station Falling: Tiangong-1 Could Re-enter on Easter

Chinese Space Station Falling: Tiangong-1 Could Re-enter on Easter

He said scientists would wait until two hours before it starts to fall to identify the precise location.

Granted, the Mir went through a controlled re-entry over the South Pacific, while no one knows where Tiangong-1 will wind up. Is there cause to be anxious?- Speaking at a recent press briefing, the head of the ESA's space debris office, Holger Krag, told reporters "Our experience is that for such large objects typically between 20% and 40% of the original mass will survive re-entry and then could be found on the ground, theoretically".

However, even with this new sophisticated technology, it remains hard to estimate the debris' final landing place with a high degree of accuracy, so the exact moment of the Tiangong-1's descent will only be determined just a few hours before.

A national team was established to closely follow the station's descent, and the Agency will publish regular updates on its official website and social media channels. Tiangong-1 was flying 168 miles (270 kilometers) at the time.

Their space development plans lead to their first space station, Tiangong-1, in 2011.

Experts say the satellite has the highest chance of smashing into a narrow strip around latitudes of 43 degrees north and south.

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The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 has been over our heads for roughly seven years, but soon, it will crash into Earth's atmosphere.

Please join us as our experts discuss the latest predictions on the location and timing of this major reentry event.

On its southern band, the debris could fall on cities in Argentina and New Zealand, although the vast majority of the potential surface where debris could land are covered by ocean.

Tiangong-1's reentry is being closely monitored by The Aerospace Corporation's Center for Orbital and Debris Reentry Studies (CORDS) which focuses on Aerospace's research and technology applications in the areas of space debris, collision avoidance, and re-entry breakup, providing a single point of contact for debris reporting information. In 1997, a woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma got hit in the shoulder by a small piece of a rocket's fuel tank but wasn't injured, the Aerospace Corporation reported.

It might be possible to see streaks across the sky - similar to a meteor shower - at the time of reentry.

It's the debris you need to be looking out for.

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