Failed Chinese Space Station Is Racing Towards The Earth, Will Crash-Land Within Weeks.
Space missions are not always successful. Sometimes they create history and at other times, they fail to the point of no-return. Like the failed Chinese space station that is planning to crash-land on planet Earth.
The Tiangong-1 Chinese space station may hit Earth within the next few weeks. However, scientists have not yet been able to decipher where exactly the 8.5-tonne module will land.
Aerospace Corporation estimates that the space lab will re-enter the atmosphere during the first week of April. The European Space Agency says the station will crash-land between 24th March and 19th April.
In a statement, the Corporation said that there was “a chance that a small amount of debris” from the module will re-enter and hit the Earth. “If this should happen, any surviving debris would fall within a region that is a few hundred kilometres in size,” said Aerospace.
Aerospace also added that the Tiangong-1 Chinese space station might be carrying a highly toxic, cancer-causing chemical on-board called hydrazine.
The report also shows a map depicting the module making a re-entry somewhere between 43° north and 43° south latitudes. The chances of re-entry are higher in northern China, the Middle East, central Italy, northern Spain and the northern states of the US, New Zealand, Tasmania, parts of South America and southern Africa.
Aerospace did specify that the chances of people being hit by the debris were very little. “When considering the worst-case location…the probability that a specific person (ie, you) will be struck by Tiangong-1 debris is about one million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot,” said Aerospace.
It was in 2016 that China admitted, it had lost control of Tiangong-1 and that it would be unable to perform a controlled re-entry of the module. Well, since the chances of human casualties is next to none, we do feel a little better. But, the cancer-causing stuff on board is still bothering us a bit.>