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Hitting speeds of over 26,000km an hour before disintegrating, the Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday Beijing time, China’s Manned Space Agency said on Sunday – an estimate roughly in line with European Space Agency projections.
The Manned Space Agency did not specify a time when it expects the craft to enter the atmosphere.
South Korea’s National Space Situational Awareness Organisation said on Sunday the 10.4-metre-long (34-foot) station is expected to re-enter the atmosphere some time between 5.12am and 1.12pm Seoul time on Monday (8.12pm on Sunday and 4.12am on Monday GMT).
The debris from the abandoned eight-tonne craft could land anywhere between the latitudes of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south – from New Zealand to the American midwest, the ESA said.
New re-entry forecasts by the European Space Agency and Aerospace Corp. have shifted the time of Tiangong-1's expected crash to between Sunday evening and early Monday (April 2). ESA officials are targeting 7:25 p.m. EDT (2325 GMT) Sunday as the likely time. An update this afternoon from the Aerospace Corp. forecasts a 7:53 p.m. EDT (2353 GMT) crash, give or take 7 hours.
So it's expected to reenter tonight/early morning UK time. Hard to believe that seeing it's still well above 100 km going by heavens-above.com... but I'll trust the experts.
originally posted by: MissSmartypants
So why do we share a space station with the Russians but not the Chinese? Russia is a proud nation and China is a proud nation but Russia's proud and cheap.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Why didnt they just add another piece to ISS?
originally posted by: ketsuko
I suppose it could come down somewhere north of us, but no one will get much of a show out of it because it's snowing around here today.