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Out of control Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 to crash-land on Earth soon; China doesn’t know where the possible collision may occur

The Chinese Space Agency Has Reported That The Space Station, Tiangong-1, Is Expected To Crash-land On Earth Surface Late This Year Or Early 2018.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Deepak Mahato | Updated on: 15 Oct 2017, 10:04:22 PM
Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 is expected to crash-land on Earth surface late this year or early 2018. (Representative Image)

New Delhi:

Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 launched in 2011 might fall on Earth soon as it has lost it track and has become out of control, reported Chinese Space Agency.

The Chinese Space Agency has reported that the 8.5-tonne space station is expected to crash-land on Earth surface late this year or early 2018.

According to reports, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell had said that the Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 after turning out of control is decaying fast and one can expect it will come down in few months from now.

However, McDowell did not say where the probable collision might occur.

Surprisingly even China too does not know where the possible collision may occur as scientists have lost track of the space lab module.

Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 and was scheduled to orbit Earth and burn up in the air after completion of its mission. The space lab has performed several key operations including a series of docking of exercises in 2012.

The Chinese satellite was not a very big module and is believed that most of the debris will get burnt due to frictional force in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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According to scientists, if some residues of the satellite is left over it will shrink into a very small size but will it be moving at speed more than that of a bullet.

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‘Based on our calculation and analysis, most parts of the space lab will burn up during falling, said Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office, quoted Xinhua.

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First Published : 15 Oct 2017, 10:03:56 PM

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