Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

The Sky is Falling: Chinese space station heads for Earth

The Sky is Falling: Chinese space station heads for Earth

The first space station launched by China in 2011, the Tiangong-1, was launched as part of China's initiative to establish itself as a global power, however in September 2016, scientists at China's space agency CNSA had to admit that they had lost control of the space station and it would eventually crash land back to Earth.

Chinese officials told the United Nations in 2016 they had lost the ability to correct the station's altitude and expected it to plummet to the ground between October 2017 and April 2018. He also says that it may cause harm to human beings on Earth.

A majority of the spacecraft is expected to burn up upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere, but some chucks weighing as much as 220 pounds could hit the surface.

Barreling towards the planet at an increasing speed, an out-of-control Chinese space station may collide with the earth in a few months. Tiangong-1 was launched into space in 2011, just eight years after the country's first astronaut orbited Earth.

He previously warned that there was no way of telling exactly where the space station was going to plunge to Earth.

Here, it is important to mention that the space station weighs about 8.5 tons.

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

The space station will plummet to Earth any time between now and April 2018, the Guardian reported last week.

In 1979, NASA's 77-tonne Skylab space station came crashing down on Earth in an nearly uncontrolled descent. NASA's had several incidents - including the larger Skylab (77.5-ton) - and there haven't been any reported deaths or injuries in the past. At this time, China's first addition to the core module was the Tiangong-2, which launched a year ago, appears to still be operating.

'Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling, said Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, quoted Xinhua.

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