China’s space station may re-enter the Earth like a huge fireball
China reportedly lost contact with its space station and expect that it may rush toward the Earth looking like a fiery ball of hot metal. Tiangong-1 space station was launched into space in 2011 and is likely to return to our planet in controlled crash in the ocean. However, there lingers fear; if the crash goes uncontrolled, it could cause damage to inhabited areas.
The station, dubbed a ‘space lab’, has eight tonnes of metal, making it bulky. Moreover, it would produce heat on re-entering the Earth. Majority of space junk burn up before reaching the Earth, but the station is too huge, leading to prospect unlikely to share similar fate. It is expected to fall into the Earth like a fiery ball of hot metal.
It is expected that the station would return back by end of the 2017. China has not really spoken out when this would happen exactly. An amateur astronomer, who has been tracking the space station’s movements using telescopes, binoculars and video cameras, said that Tiangong-1 is crashing towards the Earth and China is not taking any actions about it.
“If I am right, China will wait until the last minute to let the world know it has a problem with their space station. It could be a real bad day if pieces of this came down in a populated area”, said Amatuer satellite tracker Thomas Dorman.
Tiangong-1 was China’s first launch into space and was expected to be the launching pad for a larger space station that would have been fully operational by 2020.
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