Chinese satellite due to crash on Earth around April 1

Any pieces of Tiangong-1

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We don't know exactly when or exactly where it will reenter, but space fans will have a chance to watch one of its last passages across the sky live via telescope.

But two years ago scientists said they had lost control of the space station and would be unable to perform a controlled re-entry.

It is impossible to name the exact re-entry location at this stage, a Chinese aerospace expert requesting anonymity told the Beijing-based tabloid Global Times on Monday.

One need not worry about death from above - the chances that a piece of Tiangong-1 will hit you are less than one in a trillion, according to an FAQ published by The Aerospace Corporation.

As of March 26, 2018, the station is expected to burn up sometime between Friday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 3. This drag force depends in part upon Tiangong-1's position and whether the station is tumbling, which is hard to know for sure. Its replacement, Tiangong-2, is already in orbit. In an interview with National Geographic in October 2017, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said he only expects a few small pieces of the Chinese station to reach the surface.

The space station will fall somewhere between about 43 degrees North and 43 degrees South latitude, according to its orbit.

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The school system in the Trebes region says all students are safe and will remain inside schools until further notice. A number of trains between Lorraine and Luxembourg, and between Paris and Luxembourg, were cancelled on Thursday.


Tiangong-1 is China's first space station; it launched in 2011 and was visited twice by taikonauts (Chinese astronauts). This is because the station is travelling at a speed of over 7 kilometres per second.

When the scientists took the radar image of the spacecraft, that time it was moving at around 18,000 mph/h and the distance from the earth was 270 kilometers.

"The best case-and most likely case-is that it will come down over water some place and never be seen again", says Ailor. ASI experts calculate that Tiangong-1 will re-enter earth's atmosphere on April 1st at 12:25 pm Italian time, though that estimate could be as much as 48 hours off. Yellow indicates locations that have a higher probability while green indicates areas of lower probability.

Check back in the days ahead for more updates. But on March 16, 2016, China reported to the United Nations that telemetry services with Tiangong-1 had "ceased functioning" which caused the space station to become space junk.

At around 19 tons each (17 metric tons), even the nose cones and prototype command modules of the early Apollo tests were bigger than Tiangong-1 when they de-orbited, uncontrolled, throughout the 1960s.

The station was unmanned and monitored from the ground.

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