Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is expected to crash on earth over the Easter weekend and scientists think that Australia is a likely target.
Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is expected to crash on earth over the Easter weekend and scientists think that Australia is a likely target. Tiangong-1 was a part of China’s prototype for a manned mission scheduled for 2022. The space station, whose name translates to ‘celestial palace’ was put in to orbit back in 2011. The station has been in space for five years, completing its mission. The exact time and place of impact is not controlled and is expected to enter earth between March 30 and April 2.
Most of the station is likely to be burnt up in the atmosphere but some debris might hit earth. Though scientists claim that Australia is a likely target, some media reports claim that Africa, South America, the majority of the USA, and Southeast Asia are within the impact zone.
In 2016, China had claimed that they have lost control of the space station. Currently, the space station is completing an orbit around the planet every one and a half hours at speeds of about 28,000 kilometers per hour.
The station should burn up once it enters the earth’s atmosphere, but some parts may make it earth. Scientist say that there is nothing to worry about. "Our experience is that for such large objects typically between 20% and 40% of the original mass will survive re-entry and then could be found on the ground, theoretically," the head of the ESA's space debris office, Holger Krag, told reporters.