Africa is in the crash zone of falling Chinese space station
27 March, 2018, 18:51 | Author: Rosalie Gross
Keep an eye on the skies over the next week or so!
"The 8,000kg space station, which has been in orbit for six years and been decommissioned in 2016, is now abandoned and out of control".
Should people living in Wisconsin be anxious about it crashing on top of us? In 2016, China announced it had lost contact with Tiangong-1 and could therefore no longer control its direction, making predicting where it will end up hard.
Granted, the Mir went through a controlled re-entry over the South Pacific, while no one knows where Tiangong-1 will wind up.
For those are seeking to know the location where Tiangong-1 would crash, it is very hard to predict it for it is moving at a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour.
Debris from a defunct Chinese space station could crash to Earth as early as Friday (Mar. 30), scientists monitoring it say. The radar image of Tiangong-1 from different perspectives are terrifying.
The laboratory comprised several modules and was able to support up to three astronauts for two weeks at a time.
Satview.org's view of Tiangong-1's position, height and orbit, as of 4:22 p.m. EDT, March 26, 2018. The exact date and time will increase in accuracy as April 1 approaches.
In its United Nations submission anticipating the craft's fall to Earth, China said the probability "of endangering and causing damage to aviation and ground activities is very low". The station is now orbiting between 201 and 221 kilometers in altitude, descending about 4 kilometers per day, according to Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell.
The Tiangong-1 project was meant to show the Chinese could, in fact, launch a space station. This is because the station is travelling at a speed of over 7 kilometres per second.
Astronomers are saying that an object roughly the size of a school bus is about to come crashing to Earth - and it is not a meteor.
The space station is expected to fall in an area between the latitudes of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south on April 1 at 1:54 am UTC, with a margin of error of 46 hours. A portion of southern MI is included on the northern "yellow band" region, which has a "higher probability" of encountering debris from the Chinese spacecraft. Yellow indicates locations that have a higher probability while green indicates areas of lower probability.
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