This image shows the probability of the debris of a Chinese space station, hitting different parts of the Earth.
Watch out for falling space debris?
A large Chinese satellite in free fall to the Earth would crash into the south side of Michigan sometime between now and early April, researchers say.
According to a new report from the Aerospace Corporation, southern parts of lower Michigan fall in the specified regions with a high probability of debris landing of the 8.5 ton space station. The report also identifies the north of China, central Italy and northern Spain are regions with a higher impact potential.
China lost control of the Tiangong-1 in 2016. The European Space Agency is of the opinion that re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere somewhere between 24 March and 19 April, reports CNBC.
“There is a chance that a small amount of the Tiangong-1 debris may survive re-entry of impact on the ground,” reports Aerospace. “Should this happen, any remaining debris would fall within a region a few hundred kilometers in size and centered at a point on the Earth that the station walk about.”
Reference: here is an illustration of the Tiangong-1 by the manufacturer CAST pic.twitter.com/ElrbndsWY4
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) 7 March 2018
In the Aerospace sector, graphic, yellow areas have a higher probability of dirt, green areas have a small chance and blue areas have no chance of debris landing.
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Scientists say that a majority of the station is expected to burn when the weather in the atmosphere of the Earth, although pieces with a weight up to 220 pounds could make the landing.
Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell tweeted recently that “the confusion remains widespread” in the predict of the station, the re-entry of location, date and time.
NASA made its own uncontrolled space station entry back to the Earth in 1979, with its much larger 77-ton SkyLab, reports the TIME.
Known as the “Heavenly Palace” Tiangong-1 launched in September 2011 and was seen as an important step for the space agency in its quest to build a space station by 2020. According to NASA, iangong-1 mainly served as a demonstration of the “vital docking technology required for a future space station when it was active.