The Tiangong-1 Chinese space station was launched into space in 2011 with the aim of conducting experiments in technology and space exploration, but since 2016 it has lost its trace.
The base of more than eight tons of weight presented faults in its operation and started from the date a descent towards the atmosphere. The problem is that Chinese experts still do not know where they will make contact with the planet, but ensure that income will occur between October and November.
Although the station’s destruction was scheduled for April and May this year, scientists have now corrected the date and claim that the impact is imminent.
However, Chinese experts say that much of the heavy structure will disintegrate in the atmosphere, but do not rule out the fall of smaller fragments, according to the CNBC media.
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, said pieces of about 100 kilograms of weights could fall in some areas of the planet, but would be a very remote possibility due to the strong impact that the structure will have against the Earth’s protective layer.
“Predicting where it’s going to go down would be impossible even in the days leading up to its landing,” McDowell said. “You really can not handle these things,” he said in 2016. “Even a couple of days before he re-enters, we probably do not know better than six or seven hours, more or less, when it is going to fall. Not knowing when it will fall is translated as not knowing where it is going to go down, “said the expert.
The possibility of someone being affected by the rubble is considered remote, but China told the United Nations in May that it would carefully monitor the fall of the ship and report to the UN when it begins its final fall, according to The Guardian.
It’s not the first time
In 1991, the 20-tonne Salyut 7-ton space station of the Soviet Union crashed into the Earth while it was still docked in another 20-ton spacecraft called Cosmos 1686. They hit the land border just over Argentina, scattering debris over the city of Captain Bermúdez.
NASA’s massive 77-ton Skylab space station hit Earth in an almost completely uncontrolled descent in 1979, with larger pieces landing on the outskirts of Perth, west of Australia.