China's uncontrolled space station could crash to Earth soon
Tiangong-1 launched in 2011. Now it's coming home at very high speeds without a steering wheel, with the latest reentry predictions closing in around April 1.
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The latest prediction of when the out-of-control spacecraft is likely to slam into Earth's atmosphere and perhaps make it, in part, all the way to the surface of our planet continues to close in around April 1.
It could re-enter anywhere between 43 degrees north and south of the equator, which is a huge swath of land and ocean stretching from the northern contiguous United States to Tasmania in the south. Congratulations, Canada, you're totally safe except for a little piece of Ontario.
There's no guarantee any parts of Tiangong-1 will survive its scorching flight through the atmosphere.
If you do come across parts of it, stay away and call authorities because it may contain toxic propellants like hydrazine. If you see Tiangong-1streaking across the sky, take a video and tweet it at me @EricCMack.
Stay tuned for more updates as the Heavenly Palace's fall from the heavens draws closer.
First published March 22, 12:22 p.m. PT. Update, March 24 at 5:45 p.m. PT: Adds new predictions from ESA.
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