According to researchers from European Space Agency, China’s uncontrolled space station is expected to crash into earth’s orbit within less than a week. Due to the lost control, Earth’s gravity is pulling the space station towards its home with each orbit.
Story of Tiangong-1
In Chinese, Tiangong means “Heavenly Palace”, and Tiangong-1 is China’s first prototype space station that was launched in 2011. Previously China sent two crewed missions to the outpost when it was in operational condition. But there was no astronauts to maintain the space station since the year 2013.
This lack of maintenance caused several malfunctions, and China was unable to communicate with Tiangong-1 since March 2016. As a result, the Chinese space station has gone out of control, Due to gravitational force it’s coming back to earth at shooting speeds.
When it would crash ?
As per the researchers, Tiangong-1 would fall into earth somewhere between March 30 and April 2. But there is less fear, as this satellite is much smaller in size and lesser in weight as compared to others.
Crash Location –
Based on Tiangong-1’s orbit, this satellite could re-enter earth’s atmosphere anywhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south of the equator. It’s a vast region containing several major cities. And it’s also impossible to predict the crash location unless it’s just few hours earlier before re-entry.
Worldwide unique radar images of Tiangong-1!
Researchers at Fraunhofer FHR monitor re-entry of Chinese space station Tiangong-1 #reentry #Tiangong1 #radar #radarimage #spacedebris https://t.co/WtVSR6omIt pic.twitter.com/QBCit0dp3v
— Fraunhofer FHR engl. (@Fraunhofer_FHRe) March 21, 2018
Anything to worry ?
Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR stated, the 18,740-pound (8,500-kilogram) spacecraft would go out in flames during the Atmospheric entry. But still, there is fear for much uncertainty. Anyway there’s nothing to worry about it much.