Tiangong-1 space station could crash on April 1 (no joke)
A Chinese space station could re-enter Earth's atmosphere on April 1st, and, no, this isn't a joke.
China's Tiangong-1 space station launched in 2011, and the plan was to complete a controlled re-entry over an unpopulated section of the South Pacific when its time was up.
In 2016, though, reports surfaced the spacecraft was malfunctioning.
And new projections from the European space agency predict an uncontrolled re-entry between March 31st UTC and the early hours of April 2nd.
Here's the wild part, DSA also says it can't really predict when or where Tiangong-1 will burn up or if parts of the space station will make its way through our atmosphere and fall on to the ground Its orbit covers a huge part of populated Earth, though scientists think the edges of Tiangong-1's orbit would be more likely for reentry since it spends more time in those zones.
We'll know about a day in advance when the craft is headed back to Earth, but Jay Melosh, a professor of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at Purdue University said, quote, In terms of where it will land, a few hours of uncertainty spans a lot of territory.
That could be the difference between landing in Chile and the middle of the Pacific, unquote.
[LAUGH] That's not scary at all.
It's really scary.
So where do you think [INAUDIBLE] will reenter the atmosphere?
Drop your guesses down in the comments.
Until we know exact information, we'll be Keeping our eye on the skies here at cnet.com.
I'm Ashley Esqueda.
Be good humans.
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