Chinese satellite due to crash on Earth around April 1

Tiangong-1 altitude decay forecast as of 6 March Credit ESA

Tiangong-1 was the first space lab China put into orbit.

Should people living in Wisconsin be anxious about it crashing on top of us?

Since being decommissioned the altitude of the space station has been steadily decreasing and it now appears the object will de-orbit and smash into Earth over the Easter long weekend.

Or, in the words of fear-allaying scientists, Tiangong-1 was experiencing an "uncontrolled reentry".

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.

According to the latest predictions, it will begin its fiery descent into Earth's atmosphere somewhere in a window between 30 March and 3 April - possibly around 1 April.

The 9.4 ton spacecraft will fall from the sky around April 1 and break up in the Earth's atmosphere.




Satview.org's view of Tiangong-1's position, height and orbit, as of 4:22 p.m. EDT, March 26, 2018. The exact date and time will increase in accuracy as April 1 approaches.

Only one person - Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma - is known to have been hit by space debris falling to Earth.

Aerospace Corporation's Tiangong-1 re-entry dashboard. It was used as an experiment for a larger space station to be launched in 2023. This is because the station is travelling at a speed of over 7 kilometres per second.

Attendees also will have a chance to tour our facilities and meet one-on-one with our experts to learn more about The Aerospace Corporation's role in supporting government and commercial customers in traffic management and collision avoidance in the increasingly crowded space environment. "But luckily, most of the Earth is made up of water and it is likely that the Tiangong-1 will end up in a safe unpopulated zone like the Pacific", Prof. The green band between them has lower probability.

The Tiangong-1 was part of China's ambitious space programme and the prototype for a manned station in 2022.

Shenzhou 10, the second mission to the station, launched on June 11, 2013, with three astronauts aboard. And the density of the upper atmosphere fluctuates from one day to the next, Abraham said, which affects how much drag is exerted on the falling space station.

Maltese scientists have joined a team of global space experts to track China's abandoned space station, which is expected to make a fiery re-entry and crash back to Earth over Easter weekend.

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