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China's space lab set for re-entry, but where will it hit?

China's space lab set for re-entry, but where will it hit?”

Stjin Lemmens of the European Space Agency's Space Debris Office said as of March 27 it is predicting that Tiangong-1 will re-enter Earth's atmosphere between March 31 and April 2, somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south.

The China Manned Space programme, which put Tiangong-1into orbit in 2011, has been mostly mum on the fate of China's first space station, created to test technologies related to docking in orbit.

After months of confusion on where and when China's 8.5-ton space station would fall back to Earth, it is finally expected to actually do so within the week according to the European Space Agency.

An out-of-control Chinese space station is predicted to crash into Earth over the Easter long weekend, experts say.

The European Space Agency is providing re-entry updates every day or two on its blog, including on the lab's potential landing zone, its altitude changes, and the re-entry window, which the agency now puts between March 30 and April 2.

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It added: "Due to the relatively large size of the object, it is expected that there will be many pieces reentering together, some of which may survive reentry and land on the Earth's surface".

Southern Michigan is listed within a region of Earth identified as having the highest probability of debris landing from a free-falling Chinese space station. McDowell says that might look like what some people saw when a rocket of about Tiangong-1's weight fell near the Peru-Brazil border in January-a fiery, white light in the sky.

Skylab was the first US space station.

Their space development plans lead to their first space station, Tiangong-1, in 2011.

The last human space outpost to fall to Earth was the 135-ton Russian space station Mir in 2001.

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Although the odds are vanishingly small of a chunk of space station hitting you-The Aerospace Corporation estimates the odds of that happening are less than 1 in a trillion-should you find a piece of Tiangong-1 in your back yard, you shouldn't approach it, as it could contain toxic chemicals.

Anyone who's anyone in the field of monitoring space junk has been keeping a close eye on Tiangong-1, or "Celestial Palace 1", China's first space station.

Debris from Tiangong-1 may fall onto the above shadowed areas. They additionally analyzed the rotational rate of Tiangong-1. And the density of the upper atmosphere fluctuates from one day to the next, Abraham said, which affects how much drag is exerted on the falling space station.

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