Chinese space station falling toward earth, expected to hit Sunday

by Garry Watts April 1, 2018, 2:47
Chinese space station falling toward earth, expected to hit Sunday

First, know this: You're probably anxious about nothing.

The European Space Agency has a blog with re-entry updates for Tiangong-1.

The site Aerospace explains that the odds of being struck by Antigone-1 debris is "one million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot".

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson today said it is unlikely any large parts will reach the ground.

China's out-of-control Tiangong 1 space station was reportedly captured on camera over Wellington last night as it's expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere sometime this weekend.

It is expected to land somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south latitudes, which includes many populated areas, including the US, China, the Middle East, Africa and Australia, but rules out re-entry over the United Kingdom and much of Europe.

It may be possible to see the space station reentering the atmosphere, depending on your location, the time of day, and visibility.

Believe it or not, the space station was created to come down this way when it was launched in 2011.

New Clip Shows Dec Hosting Without Ant Ahead Of 'Saturday Night Takeaway'
The troubled on-screen partner of Declan Donnelly has endured a backlash after being charged with drink driving last week. Ant McPartlin will appear on this weekend's " Saturday Night Takeaway " as it returns to ITV following a one week break.

Tiangong-1 is believed to be the largest lump of space junk to fall to Earth so far this year but it is nowhere near a record-breaker.

Astronomers from the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy have captured an incredible image of the stricken Chinese space station Tiangong-1 as it makes its final descent towards Earth.

Going from the past satellite crashes, including NASA's 77-tonne Skylab in 1979 and the Soviet Union's 20-tonne Salyut 7 space station in 1991, there haven't been any casualties.

In case you had plans for tomorrow, maybe a roast or something, those plans could very well be interrupted a space station falling down on you and ruining your roast. Most calculations are expecting the pieces to fall in the ocean, but that's not a certainty.

However, experts say there is very low risk that any parts of Tiangong that do not burn up will hit a populated area. The only recorded person on Earth ever to be hit by falling debris from space was a woman named Lottie Williams in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1997.

The orbiting Tiangong-1 space station docking with China's Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in 2011.

The space station is expected to re-enter the atmosphere at about 10 a.m. EDT Sunday, plus or minus 16 hours.

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.

Recommended News

TOP News

Kevin Love enters concussion protocol, will miss game vs. Charlotte Hornets
The player must also gradually resubmit to a series of physical activities, after which the team will submit their findings to Dr. As a result, the Cavaliers announced that Love won't play on Wednesday night when the team takes on Charlotte.

Egypt WC opponents: Russian Federation fall to France by score of 3-1
Mbappe sealed the win seven minutes from fulltime with his second goal of the night. Fyodor Smolov had reduced the mark for the Russians in the 68 minute.

Volkswagen Introduces Atlas Tanoak Pickup Truck Concept
So, there's plenty of nudging and winking as to how this "concept" might translate to a vehicle you see in dealerships. Conventional drivetrains are expected to go with the vehicle when production begins in late 2019 in Chattanooga.

Trump 'stands in solidarity' with Orange County on California sanctuary law
Last week, the city council of Los Alamitos voted to defy the "sanctuary state" laws and to join the federal government's lawsuit. De Leon said the "efforts to portray hardworking immigrants as criminals are a repulsive, black stain on California's history".

Hundreds gather to leave second pocket in Syria's Ghouta
Almost 1,000 people - including rebels, their relatives and other civilians - were moved out on Saturday, followed by 5,435 people on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola wants new deal for 'important' Raheem Sterling at Man City
The former Liverpool player is already under contract until 2020, but it is understood City will open negotiations on an improved extension at the end of the season.

USA wants social media history for visa applications
The department said it intends not to routinely ask most diplomatic and official visa applicants for the additional information. The department estimated 710,000 immigrant visas and 14 million non-immigrant visas will be affected.

The real reason Alexis Sanchez is seen eating alone at Man Utd
Much was expected of the Chilean global upon his arrival at United but he has failed to adapt to his new surroundings. They quote a United source, who says: " There is an explanation for Sanchez eating alone at Carrington ".

Governor Fallin Says She Will Sign Tax Hike Bill
According to the National Education Association , in 2016, the average salary of teachers in Oklahoma was ranked 49th nationally. They're hoping their very public display of frustration will pressure state leaders, such as Gov.

Tech boosts Wall Street as trade war fears ebb
The broad-based S&P 500 rose 2.7% to 2 658.55, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 3.3% to 7 220.54. In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.8% in afternoon trade, while the Shanghai Composite rose 1.1%.