Chinese Space Station could Crash in Michigan This Weekend

It is possible that if you're in the right place and know where to look, the view could be quite spectacular.

"This means that the density of the upper atmosphere, through which Tiangong-1 is moving, did not increase as predicted (which would have dragged the spacecraft down sooner) and hence the ESA Space Debris Office has adjusted the predicted decay rate".

The station's mass is now expected to be "significantly" lower, comparable with other end-of-life satellites, of which ESA said between three and four uncontrollably re-enter the Earth's atmosphere each month.

It is now set to reenter the atmosphere - while much of the lab is set to burn up on reentry, debris is likely to reach the surface.

The chances of a piece hitting a person "is about 1 million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot", according to The Aerospace Corp., where Ailor works.

It could strike anywhere in the world from 43 degrees north latitude to 43 degrees south latitude - this includes North Carolina.

Below are some questions and answers about the station, its re-entry and the past and future of China's ambitious space program.

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According to European space agency's forewarning, the space station will hit earth any time between Saturday morning and Sunday evening.

China now operates the Tiangong 2 precursor space station facility, while the permanent station's 20-ton core module is due to be launched this year. Officials say it could fall anytime between now and Monday, with the most likely chance being on April Fool's Day.

If you have been following the saga of the derelict Chinese space station Tiangong-1, an update pegs this weekend for the structure to plummet back to Earth and burn up on reentry.

Meanwhile, the falling space station has become a media star, inspiring dozens of stories from news organizations worldwide - and lots of dramatic prose. China lost control of the station.

A piece of a space station is hurling towards earth with Chinese authorities now in close touch with the United Nations about its progress as it gets closer. Even though space observatories and scientists have expressed that there's no danger from the crashing space station, Michigan, which falls in the line of potential crash sites, is preparing for impact.

The Satview map shows several different satellites in orbit, including the Hubble telescope and the International Space Station.

The EOC says any suspected space debris should be considered hazardous.

  • Adam Floyd