Wednesday, September 21, 2016

China’s Tiangong-1 space station is expected to fall to Earth in 2017, but don’t worry

China’s space station Tiangong-1 is expected to fall to Earth and burn up in the planet’s atmosphere sometime in late 2017, The Guardian reports. The news was announced last week and seems to confirm rumors that China has lost control of the 8-ton unmanned space lab because of some mechanical or technical failure.

"Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling," the deputy director of the manned space engineering office, Wu Ping, was quoted as saying by the news agency Xinhua.

Some dense parts like the station’s engines, however, could pierce through the atmosphere and hit our planet, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told The Guardian. The pieces could land anywhere between...

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