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CT in possible path of falling Chinese space station

CT in possible path of falling Chinese space station

Without regular firing of the engines, they eventually spin down into the atmosphere.

Scientists still do not yet know where the satellite fragments are likely to land.

Below are some questions and answers about the station, its re-entry and the past and future of China's ambitious space program.

So what might you see from Earth?

This will only happen if conditions are clear, however.

If Tiangong-1 breaks apart in the MI night sky, it will look like a shooting star.

The breakup on re-entry of the Columbia space shuttle in 2003 killed all seven astronauts and sent more than 80,000 pieces of debris raining down on a large swath of the Southern United States. The space station is now on a slowly decaying orbit as its altitude decreases picks up speed as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

To track the satellite, experts are using some of the most advanced and powerful telescopes in the world.

Radar allows the institute to watch the station regardless of the weather, or if it is day or night.

The Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", has been floating uncontrolled since the Chinese space agency lost its control in 2016, five years after its launch.

Remember, 70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered in water.

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The state government is concerned about the highly toxic and corrosive fuel called Hydrazine onboard the Chinese space station. It is cancerous and may cause liver and nerve damage, the agency said.

The website Heavens Above has a live tracker of where the satellite is above Earth at any given moment, and Space.com reports that it will likely be over the US around dawn the days of this weekend.

The probability of being hit with any debris from space is around 1 in a trillion.

Only one person has EVER reported being hit by space debris, a piece that glanced off their shoulder.

Experts believe the space station will become space debris on April 1; they are thinking sometime around 4:30 a.m.

The descent is hard to predict as the conditions in space are widely unknown and unpredictable. Though the odds are slim that Tiangong-1 - or what's left of it - will land in someone's backyard, there are genuine hazards to note.

"It is tumbling", Roger Thompson, a senior engineering specialist with Aerospace Corp., told reporters on Wednesday.

"The spacecraft went out of control [in December 2015]". See the map below to find out if you are safe. The Aerospace Corp. says it could land along a strip of the USA that includes the southern Lower Peninsula of MI.

'It takes longer to cross at these latitudes, which is why it has a higher risk of coming down here'. Tiangong-1, like everything else in orbit around the Earth, is speeding at about 17,000 miles per hour, circling the planet more than a dozen times a day. The China Manned Space website will supply daily updates.

"And the still small steps we take, like the ISS and other space stations, are proof that this part of our evolution is occurring right now".


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