Out-Of-Control Space Station Will Soon Crash Into Earth
Scientists are nervously watching a 19,000-pound out-of-control space station to figure out when and where the debris will rain down onto the Earth.
By Marilyn Nelson on January 3, 2018
China’s Tiangong-1 space station that has been tumbling completely out of control through our galaxy for months now, and is expected to come crashing to the Earth’s surface in the spring of 2018. Unfortunately no one knows exactly when or where it will land.
After the space station ended its mission in 2016 the Chinese space agency revealed it had lost communication with the massive space lab and predicted it would eventually plummet to Earth.
Scientists have since been attempting to figure out where it might slam into the planet. According to the their calculations there is only a 1 in 10,000 chance it will crash into a populated area, but it’s impossible to predict the exact location where the debris will end up upon reentry.
Another problem is the potentially hazardous and toxic materials used in the rocket fuel. According to The Verge, if that survives reentry it could be very bad for any people or animals that might come in contact with the nasty stuff.
The massive hunk of space junk is currently projected to make impact in March 2018.
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