MID-MICHIGAN ONE OF THE MORE LIKELY AREAS CHINESE SPACE STATION DEBRIS COULD CRASH
"Out of Control" Space Station Expected to Reenter Earth's Atmosphere Between March 24th and April 19th
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An 8.5 ton space station launched by China in 2011 is headed back toward earth, and no one is behind the wheel, so to speak. Tiangong-1, the first Chinese space station, is predicted by The Aerospace Corporation, to follow a potential path that means any debris that survives reentry, could possibly crash into southern lower Michigan, presuming the space station enters uncontrolled, with no thrusting. The thin "higher probability" zone seen shaded in yellow above also includes areas northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America and southern Africa, MLive reports. Two years ago, on March 21st 2016, Xinhuanet reported data service with the space station had ceased. However,later the agency reported anticipated reentry dates but did not specify whether it would remain uncontrolled. Aerospace says that projection was December 8th 2017.
Aerospace projects April 3rd, with a two-week margin of error, one on either side of the projected date, for reentry. The European Space Agency also predicts reentry in that time frame, giving a slightly expanded window of March 24th and April 19th.
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