A Chinese space-station has gone out of control and it can hit the earth in the upcoming weeks. The possible region of impact can be any ranging from Europe, Australia to New Zealand. The Tiangong-1 space station is currently hurtling towards the Earth. The worst part is that it’s carrying highly toxic chemical. The experts opinionated that it may hit between March 24 and April 19.
Agencies from around the world are eyeing the doomed 8.5-tonne craft which is reportedly carrying dangerous hydrazine. The experts will be sure about the details and place of the impact only during the final week of its travel towards the Earth. The Aerospace has speculated that the fallen space station will enter the earth atmosphere in the first week of the April.
The exact place where its debris will hit the Earth is not known yet but the calculations are showing that it can be Europe, Australia or New Zealand. “Every couple of years something like this happens, but Tiangong-1 is big and dense so we need to keep an eye on it,” said Jonathan McDowell an astrophysicist from Harvard University.
Most of the station will burn during the re-entry into the Earth’s gravitational field but 40% of it will survive and will likely hit any region of the Earth. It may be sea or some densely populated area. You might wonder that what’s keeping the scientists from accurately predicting the place of the impact, well, since the space conditions change every time thus it’s hard to give a perfect future prediction.
The spacecraft is already speeding up and it is now falling 6km a week. In October it was falling merely 1.5km a week. Website Satflare provides the 3D tracking of more than 15000 satellites online and it has calculated that the chances of the debris entering the atmosphere are within the next 3 months. The hydrazine is used in rocket fuel and its long-term exposure is believed to be a cause of cancer.
The space station was launched in 2011 and it’s in an orbit which is constantly deteriorating and it can crash land into earth’s atmosphere any moment.