Tiangong 1 was one of the most modern and skilled space stations from the world; it was a part of China’s most ambitious space projects. Its’ tasks were to contribute to decoding some of the mysteries from space. During the past months, the observatory reported that the space station is beginning to fail in its’ tasks, so they have come to the conclusion that the object is out of order.
Their suspicions were confirmed when the space station run out of control and started to head towards the Earth. Now, Tiangong 1 could go through our planet’s atmosphere right this weekend. Although it has the size of a bus, 8.5 tones, there is only a slight possibility that the space station will produce human casualties or destroy any property. Experts say that the object will burn entirely until it reaches our planet’s atmosphere, even if they cannot predict the exact moment when it happens.
Are we in any danger?
According to estimates made by The European Space Agency, Tiangong 1 might re-enter the atmosphere somewhere between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. However, the date cannot be predicted with 100% accuracy because of the always changing shape of the upper atmosphere. This instability interferes with the speed of objects that fall into it.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Space Agency’s says that Tiangong could hit the Earth somewhere between Saturday and Wednesday. Some researchers from the world blame China for this event and say that the country has lost control of Tiangong 1. Of course, Chinese experts denied the fact that the space station is out of control, but didn’t mention if they are doing anything to guide the object towards a safe return on Earth.
According to its’ orbit, the space station is most likely to land somewhere over the United States, Southern Europe, China, Australia, Africa and South America. The Northern Europe, Canda and Russia are out of its’ range. Researchers say that people have no reason to worry because the chances of being hit by any part of the space station are less than one in a trillion.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca