Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Lab is expected to fall to the Earth in 2 to 3 weeks

An artistic Illustration of china’s Tiangong-1 space lab, which is expected to fall back to Earth quickly.


The European Space Agency (ESA) space debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, has a new update on the expected re-entry of the chinese Tiangong-1 space lab.

The new forecast, which was issued on 15 March, predicts that the 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1 will fall back to Earth between 30 March and 6 April, but stresses that this is a rough estimate.

Re-entry of the Chinese hardware will take place somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude — a large swath that the largest part of the population at home. [Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Lab in Photos]

“At no time will a precise time/location prediction of ESA,” Space Debris Office officials wrote in the update.

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Tiangong-1, the first space station built by China, launched in late September 2011. The first Chinese orbital docking occurred between Tiangong-1 and unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou on Nov. 2, 2011. Two piloted missions visited Tiangong-1: Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 in June 2012 and June 2013, respectively.

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