China's Tiangong-1 space station will crash into Earth in weeks

China's Tiangong-1 space station will crash into Earth in weeks

According to experts the Tiangong-1 is set to re-enter Earth's atmosphere between March 29 and April 9 the Daily Mail reports.

The Tiangong-1 or Heavenly Palace lab was launched in 2011 and described as a "potent political symbol" of China - part of a scientific push to become a space superpower.

Nasa's 77-tonne Skylab space station came hurtling to Earth in an nearly completely uncontrolled descent in 1979, with some large pieces landing outside Perth in Western Australia.

In 2016, China admitted that it had lost control of Tiangong-1 and would be unable to perform a controlled re-entry.

Unless China reveals more about what exactly is involved with the construction and descent of the Chinese space station, there's now no telling what exactly will happen when it makes contact with Earth. Parts of the United States, the Iberian Peninsula, China, the Middle East, South America, Australia, and New Zealand are all potential reentry locations.

European Space Agency is tracking the movement, and its latest info predicts the probability between the period of March 24 and April 19.

"There is a chance that a small amount of Tiangong-1 debris may survive reentry and impact the ground", the agency reports.

In recent days Aerospace, a USA research organisation that advises government and private enterprise on space flight, also updated its re-entry window.

McDowell said Tiangong-1's descent had been speeding up in recent months and it was now falling by about 6km a week, compared with 1.5km in October.

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The chances of actually being hit by debris are pretty small, according to Aerospace.

There is no need for alarm or concern of being hit by the space debris.

"I would guess that a few pieces will survive re-entry".

Tiangong-1 is now at an altitude of 150 miles and is the focus of multiple space agencies looking to predict when and where it will crash. "It's a Chinese satellite so we don't totally know what's going on, but as far as we can tell, 2015 was the last time the Chinese government ever sent a control to it", Cambridge astronomer Matt Bothwell tells Phoebe Braithwaite at Wired.

Much of the spacecraft is expected to burn up in the atmosphere upon re-entry.

At this point in time, the crashing Chinese space station is flying at an altitude of 150 miles.

Once it enters Earth's atmosphere, the vast majority of the craft will vaporize, causing it to light up skies like a shooting star on steroids.

Experts from Aerospace's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (Cords) have been studying the space station and in November updated their predictions for its uncontrolled re-entry.

'In the history of spaceflight, no known person has ever been harmed by reentering space debris.