Chinese space laboratory Tiangong - 1 about to crash down to earth: Report
BEIJING - Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-1 is about to crash down to Earth.
China's first space station will come into collision with our planet within weeks. However, the scientists are struggling for now to predict where the 8.5-tonne module will hit Earth.
According to the estimates of the US-funded Aerospace Corporation, the Chinese space station will re-enter the atmosphere during the first week of April.
According to the European Space Agency, the module will come down to crash to Earth between March 24 and April 19, the Guardian <link> report said.
A soldier rides a bicycle in front of the Long March II-F rocket loaded with China's unmanned space module Tiangong-1 before its planned launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province September 29, 2011.
In 2016, China admitted that it had lost control of Tiangong-1 and would be unable to perform a controlled re-entry in the atmosphere.
Aerospace, a research organisation that advises government and private enterprise on space flight, in a statement said that there was a chance the debris could hit earth*"* from the module will survive re-entry and hit Earth.
If this should happen, any surviving debris would fall within a region that is a few hundred kilometres in size.
Aerospace warned that the Chinese space station might be carrying a highly toxic and corrosive fuel called hydrazine on board.
The statement also mentioned that the module is expected to re-enter somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degreessouth latitudes.
The chances of re-entry were slightly higher in northern China, the Middle East, central Italy, northern Spain and the northern states of the US, New Zealand, Tasmania, parts of South America and southern Africa.