Tiangong-1: Chinese space station will crash to Earth within months

Great danger! China's satellite lost control... It's falling to earth

A Chinese space station called the Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace" has increased its out-of-control descent towards Earth and is expected to come crashing down on Earth's surface within a few months. Tiangong-1 was seen as a scientific project that would turn China into a "space superpower".

Meanwhile, China a year ago launched Tiangong-2, which has hosted Chinese astronauts called taikonauts for 30 days in 2016 and subsequent unmanned missions.

In 2016, after months of speculation, China had confirmed officially to have lost control over the space station and announced that it would crash to the Earth in 2017 or 2018.

The space agency has already updated the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs on its demise, with the almost nine tonne space station expected to largely burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

The space station's orbit has been decaying steadily since losing contact and in recent times it has reached into dense parts of the Earth's atmosphere and has started falling faster.

Scientists expect Tiangong-1 to crash land sometime in the next six months, and though much of it will be destroyed by Earth's atmosphere, 100kg pieces could still rain down to the surface. According to reports, Jonathan McDowell, a well-known astrophysicist from Harvard University said, "Now that [its] perigee is below 300km and it is in the denser atmosphere, the rate of decay is getting higher".

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China has said that there is remote possibility of anyone being harmed by the debris.

China's equivalent of NASA, the China National Space Administration (CNSA), has informed the United Nations that the space station had begun its descent and would be carefully monitoring its final plunge.

He said in 2016, "You really can't steer these things".

China said it would inform United Nations when final dive process began, but according to Atrophysicist McDowell, station will be detected anywhere on Earth, only a few days ahead. If we don't know when it's going to fall, we can't imagine where he'll fall.

McDowell said a slight change in atmospheric conditions could nudge the landing site "from one continent to the next".

Till now many larger spacecrafts have re-entered into the atmosphere but none have ever been reported to have caused injuries to people.

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