Oops! Chinese Space Station Expected To Crash Land On Earth By Early 2018

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| October 15 , 2017 , 15:05 IST

China is famous for its technology, mass production and as a global power, however, one area which is not under its expertise seems to be its space programme.

The first space station launched by China in 2011, the Tiangong-1, was launched as part of China's initiative to establish itself as a global power, however in September 2016, scientists at China's space agency CNSA had to admit that they had lost control of the space station and it would eventually crash land back to Earth.

Referred to as the 'Heavenly Palace' by CNSA, in its early years a range of missions took place at Tiangong-1. As experts noted that the Chinese space station was 'behaving strangely' the CNSA had to admit that they had lost control of it.

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According to Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell speaking to the Guardian, the Chinese space station is accelerating its fall towards Earth and will reach the ground in the coming months.

It is decaying quickly and "expect it will come down a few months from now – late 2017 or early 2018", he said.

Since the engineers have lost control of the space station, it would be difficult to predict where Tiangong-1 would land. Also, its fall would be impacted by the wind as it came down, so the final crash spot may be anywhere, even possibly close to people.

Although most space debris falling towards Earth is disintegrated during the fall, the considerable size of the space station indicates that a sizeable portion would make it to Earth.