clear logo


Share this page:

Accomplishments Breaking News VOTE 2018 Blog
Accomplishments News Vote Blog About Contact

Freefalling 85 ton space station to crash into Michigan

Issued: 2018-03-11

By Reporter and Tim Collins For Mailonline

Published: 01:58 EDT, 11 March 2018 | Updated: 05:45 EDT, 11 March 2018


View comments

An out-of-control Chinese space station with 'highly toxic' chemicals onboard that is currently hurtling toward earth may crash into lower Michigan, it has been revealed.

It is believed China's first prototype station, Tiangong-1, will come crashing back to the planet around April 3, experts say.

US research organization Aerospace Corporation revealed that parts of southern Lower Michigan are among the regions that have the highest probability of being hit by falling debris, according to

Scroll down for video

While a precise landing location remains unclear, ESA has provided the latitudes between which Tiangong-1 is likely to land – and countries at risk include Spain, Italy, Turkey, India and parts of the US.  ESA says no fragments will fall higher than 43°N or further south than 43°S

Northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa, and northern states in the US have been identified as the regions with higher chances.

But agencies will only know the precise date Tiangong-1 will impact and exactly where debris will fall during the finals weeks of its decline.

The doomed 8.5-tonne craft, which has been hurtling towards Earth since control was lost in 2016, is believed to contain dangerous hydrazine.

Experts from the European Space Agency (ESA), based in Paris, are among those tracking Tiangong-1, which means 'heavenly palace'.

Their Space Debris Office in Darmstadt, Germany, predicted earlier this week that it would enter earth's atmosphere between March 24 and April 19.

This narrows down from their previous estimate of March 17 to April 21.

Meanwhile Aerospace has worked in two weeks of error, one before and one after April 3, in its latest estimation.

Exactly where it will hit is slightly harder to predict, although experts agree it will be somewhere between latitudes of 43° north and 43° south.

Agencies around the world have been monitoring the doomed craft's descent. Experts from the European Space Agency give a current estimate of between March 29 and April 9 for re-entry. This narrows down from their previous estimate of March 17 to April 21

'Every couple of years something like this happens, but Tiangong-1 is big and dense so we need to keep an eye on it', Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University told the Guardian.

While most of it will burn up during re-entry, around 10 to 40 per cent of the satellite is expected to survive as debris, and some parts may contain dangerous hydrazine and could weigh up to 220lb.

However, due to changing conditions in space, it is not possible to accurately predict where the module will land.

In recent months, the spacecraft has been speeding up and it is now falling by around 6km (3.7 miles) a week. In October it was falling at 1.5km (0.9 miles) a week.

'It is only in the final week or so that we are going to be able to start speaking about it with more confidence,' said Dr McDowell.

'I would guess that a few pieces will survive re-entry. But we will only know where they are going to land after after the fact.'

'Remember that a 1 hour error in our guessed reentry time corresponds to an 27000 km (17000 mile) error in the reentry position,' McDowell explained in one tweet.

'And currently our estimate has a 2 week uncertainty.'

Aerospace has likewise reported that there is a 'small chance' that a 'small amount' of Tiangong-1 debris could survive reentry and have impact on the ground.

'Should this happen, any surviving debris would fall within a region that is a few hundred kilometers in size and centered along a point on the Earth that the station passes over.'

Website Satflare, which provides online 3D tracking of more than 15,000 satellites, has calculated what it thinks are the chances of the space station entering the atmosphere during the next three months.

The Tiangong-1 space station (artist's impression), which is hurtling towards Earth carrying a 'highly toxic chemical', will likely hit sometime between March 29 and April 9, revised estimates say

Aerospace Corp, a US non-profit corporation which provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions, says Tiangong-1 will re-enter the planet's atmosphere on April 3, give or take a week

According to its analysis of orbital elements gathered during the last months, the re-enter may occur in March (20 per cent), in April (60 per cent) or in May 2018 (20 per cent).

These predictions may also change as new orbital measurements will be available.

Aerospace Corp has also issued its own forecast over the likelihood of being hit by falling debris.

In a written statement, a company spokesman said: 'When considering the worst-case locations, the probability that a specific person will be struck by Tiangong-1 debris is about one million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot.

'In the history of spaceflight, no known person has ever been harmed by reentering space debris.

'Only one person has ever been recorded as being hit by a piece of space debris and, fortunately, she was not injured.'

On September 14, 2016, China made an official statement predicting Tiangong-1 would reenter the atmosphere in the latter half of 2017.

Experts from Aerospace's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (Cords) have been studying the space station and in November updated their predictions for its uncontrolled re-entry.

A 'highly-toxic' corrosive chemical could land on Earth when parts of an out-of-control Chinese space station crash into our planet.

The chemical, called hydrazine, is used in rocket fuel and long-term exposure is believed to cause cancer in humans.


Share this page:


Ways to support MAGA PILL:

We want to expand our influence but we can't do that without your help.

Get the Cash App on your phone and you can easily send and receive crypto currency:

(BTC) Bitcoin: 1fTtk6P84ZjfNgJoBoQ7rfrRi5zVpLaNN

(BTH) Bitcoin Cash: 1FLJqdiSD4UzQseuFSiqiooANbYjVKKXy7

(ETH) Ethereum: 0x16cffBf15D21a597179790F54ffCB4d384c90Db8

(LTC) Litecoin: LKhkYiQwo5GdKw53FwSXSfoN1DftJT74tF

I understand most people can't or won't donate and that's okay.

You can also support us is by using this Amazon link anytime you shop there, just Bookmark it and remember to use it!

Most imporantly, please share the site and the articles!


Connect with MAGA PILL:

You can also support us is by using this Amazon link anytime you shop there, just Bookmark it and remember to use it!

Most imporantly, please share the site and the articles!