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A space lab is hurtling towards earth (but don't panic)

A space lab is hurtling towards earth (but don't panic)”

Aerospace Corporation, which tracks space junk for NASA and Space Command, says the odds you will be hit - even if you are in the highest-probability zones - are about 1 million times smaller than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot.

Most of Tiangong-1 will break apart and burn up in Earth's atmosphere, but some of the space lab's sturdier pieces will probably survive re-entry, experts said.

ESA is hosting a test campaign by the Inter Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee, an global governmental forum, during which participants pool their predictions of the time window for re-entry and related data they collect to improve the accuracy of future predictions.

A flaming 8.5-tonne (more than 3,200 kilograms) space station the size of a school bus is hurtling towards Earth and there is every reason to be anxious, but people shouldn't panic. They additionally analyzed the rotational rate of Tiangong-1.

Tiangong-1 is moving too fast and too randomly for trackers to narrow it down any more precisely than somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude.

A defunct Chinese space station is falling to Earth at 17,400 miles per hour and orbits about every 90 minutes.

This could include small satellites, spent rocket stages and, yes, even space stations. In 1979, Time magazine wrote of the upcoming event: "Thus will be observed, after a series of miscalculations, the tenth anniversary of man's proudest achievement in space, the walk on the moon".

For those are seeking to know the location where Tiangong-1 would crash, it is very hard to predict it for it is moving at a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour.

"The 8,000kg space station, which has been in orbit for six years and been decommissioned in 2016, is now abandoned and out of control".

Tiangong-1 was China's first space station, launched in 2011, and visited just twice by Chinese astronauts.

The Soviet military space station Salyut-2 remains, at 20.2 tons (18.3 metric tons), the largest human-created object to enter the atmosphere completely uncontrolled, after an accident sent it tumbling Earthward in 1973. The radar image of Tiangong-1 from different perspectives are terrifying. But it is not foreseeable at the moment where the spacecraft will fall, experts say.

He said the debris will fall in parts and it is unlikely that anyone will be injured by its fragments.

Space lawyer Kim Ellis said it would mean the federal government could present a claim for damage to China should Tiangong-1 collide with and damage a satellite from Australia or damage people or property within Australia.



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