China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at some point between March 30 and April 3 (probably).
We’ve known since 2016 that there was a problem with China’s Tiangong-1 “Heavenly Place 1” Space Station. In March 2016 the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Tiangong-1 had reached the end of its life, but also that it had lost the telemetry link with the craft. From that point on, it was doomed.
The problem is, when you have an out of control craft circling the Earth in a decaying orbit, you can’t predict very accurately when it will re-enter the atmosphere. In October last year, things became a little clearer and a prediction of an April crash was given. Now the European Space Agency is offering an even more accurate prediction: Tiangong-1 could fall back to Earth as early as next Friday, March 30.
The ESA makes it clear that the estimated window of re-entry is “highly variable,” but for now the station is expected to fall between March 30 and April 3. We also don’t know where it will fall exactly, but more accurate predictions about that will appear a couple of days before it happens.
The good news is, there’s only a one in a trillion chance debris from the falling space station will hit humans. Most of the station is expected to burn up during re-entry. Any debris that doesn’t is expected to be very small and hopefully ends up falling into water rather than on land.
Then on April 2nd, china will declare that this was all a hoax. The space station has been repurposed into a giant death-ray and the stupid western capitalist pigs will finally tremble before the might of the communist empire.
APRIL FOOLS everyone. Read the signs. China will become the new world leader.
I heard that in Austin Powers’ voice follwed by “eh, comrade?”
I just want some tiny part to survive and land in my backyard $$$$$$$$$$$$
\o/ We need those harvestable mins in the U.S. At least until we have another POTUS/doofus. OMG
Do falling debris pay tariffs? Do they depend on how high they fall from? ,
Perhaps not tariffs, but when Skylab burnt up in the atmosphere in the '70s, some debree fell down in Australia. One Australian town fined NASA for littering.
According to some boffins in white coats chances of being hit is 1 in 1 trillion, but i’m an optimist someones got to win it Think of the compensation people, how much in damages would you want if lets say it obliterates your car/house or even funnier your boat. How much would it take to shut you up? Where there is blame there’s a claim.
Kent Brockman voice: I, For One, Welcome Our New Overlords.
Should this post belong to Out Of Pod Experience?
You say this as if China will honor anyone’s claim…
–Gadget thinks this is unlikely
To save face yes they will, or be shown up in the international arena no China has to much invested in the South China Sea to do any different. Xi Jingping would not allow that to happen. You know the UK and the EU plus many others would not let them live it down. Best just to pay up and sweep it under the carpet.
Your overconfidence is your weakness.
And know imagine a black hooded Xi Jingping saying:
Your faith in your friends is yours. … Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station.
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