Tuesday July 19, 2016

China Space Station Tiangong-1 Could Secretly Be Hurtling Towards Earth

According to some astronomers, China has lost control of Tiangong-1 and the satellite is now in freefall. Chinese media last reported they were struggling to control it but there have been no updates in months, which would indicate there may be a genuine problem.

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Like other lost satellites, it’s likely that the freefalling station would burn up on its way back into Earth and come back down as molten metal rather than with a big crash. But people have warned that it could still be a "real bad day" if the rocket fell back down to Earth, "but odds are it will land in the ocean or in an unpopulated area". The huge size of the satellite means that parts of it could still make their way through the searing heat of entry back into the atmosphere, and so cause problems when they arrive back on Earth.

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