Get ready for some fireballs, Chinese space station to crash to earth on Easter Sunday

This 9.4-ton space lab is forecast to re-enter into earth’s atmosphere on April 1 at 16:15 GMT, (21:45 IST), give or take 9 hours, according to the Aerospace Corp.

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The Hush Post: China’s first space station, Tiangong-1 is expected to come crashing down on the earth tomorrow, April 1.  Though there is nothing to fear as the satellite won’t land on somebody. Instead, Chinese scientists say, the return of the space lab to earth will be a wonderful spectacle to watch.

This 9.4-ton space lab is forecast to re-enter into earth’s atmosphere on April 1 at 16:15 GMT, (21:45 IST), give or take 9 hours, according to the Aerospace Corp.

When the school-bus-size space station does fall, it will descend anywhere between 43 degrees north to 43 degrees south latitude. Means, it may land somewhere in Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Italy, North China, anywhere.

According to China Manned Space Engineering officials, such spacecrafts don’t crash on the earth like it is show in movies, leading to destruction.  Such spacecrafts when crash down on the earth, they do it like a meteor shower, and it is a beautiful sight to watch, they say.

Tiangong-1, was launched in 2011 and was billed as a potent symbol of the China’s rise. Two crews of taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) visited the station, in 2012 and 2013. It had officially stopped sending data on March 16 after become imbalanced and had started uncontrollably descending towards the earth.

Fireballs are almost certain. On entering the earth’s atmosphere, the space lab will burn into ashes barring a few fragments which might land on the earth. However, the fact remains that no one has ever been harmed by re-entering space debris so far.

 

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