Chinese Space Laboratory "Tiangong-1" Expected to Fall at Month's End

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Chinese Space Laboratory "Tiangong-1" Expected to Fall at Month's End

Chinese authorities say it is unlikely the nine-tonne space station will cause any damage.

Some experts believe that substantial remains of the craft could survive re-entry and hit Earth.

A radar image of the Tiangong-1 space staion.

The Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", has been floating uncontrolled since the Chinese space agency lost its control in 2016, five years after its launch. When the sun is more active and spurts more charged particles toward Earth, satellites fall faster. Even though space observatories and scientists have expressed that there's no danger from the crashing space station, Michigan, which falls in the line of potential crash sites, is preparing for impact.

In fact, in decades of space exploration there is only one recorded instance of a person being struck by space debris.

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Tiangong-1 - which is only a fraction of the size of the International Space Station - is considered a relatively large object to be falling to Earth, but around 50 larger objects have previously had uncontrolled reentries.

An out-of-control Chinese space station carrying toxic chemicals is set to crash to Earth very soon.

Calmer space weather around earth and its atmosphere is now expected in the coming days, which means that the density of the upper atmosphere, through which Tiangong-1 is moving, did not increase as predicted. It's most likely to be along the white lines.

The current estimated trajectory by the European Space Agency has the space station somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south - which is a massive area on a global map.

Fortunately, most of it will burn up in the atmosphere.

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That's all in the hope that when Tiangong-1 finally does fall, someone will see it, and Thompson will be able to match all those model estimates against what really happened. (AP) The Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft docks with the Tiangong-1 space module in June 2013.

There will also be pieces falling off of the space station and burning up, so you may see those fragments as they fall to earth.

Still, the chances of anyone being hit by a hunk of Tiangong are about 1 in 1,000,000,000,000, according to The Aerospace Corp., a California-based research group that monitors all goings-on above Earth via its Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies.

"This thing is like a small plane crash", he said, adding that the trail of debris will scatter pieces several hundred kilometres apart.

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