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Old 09-21-2016, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default China's space station is 'out of control' and will crash into Earth - but no one knows where the debris will land

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The spacecraft was China's first space station launched in September 2011
Tiangong-1 was a forerunner for a larger space complex to be built in 2020
Without control it could explode and rain molten metal down onto Earth
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...bris-land.html


The Tiangong-1 space station module (artist's depiction) was
China's first step towards its ultimate goal of developing, building,
and operating a large Space Station as a permanent human
presence in Low Earth Orbit. The nation has now lost control of
the space station
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those metals never reach the earth ... Or do they ?
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It's about eight tons in mass. Some parts may well reach the surface.

But as the surface is 70% covered in water chances are pretty good it will be over the ocean.
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Still a >30% chance that some bits will hit land. Hopefully in a sparsely populated area.

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It's about eight tons in mass. Some parts may well reach the surface.

But as the surface is 70% covered in water chances are pretty good it will be over the ocean.
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Still a >30% chance that some bits will hit land. Hopefully in a sparsely populated area.

http://www.space.com/13049-6-biggest...lls-space.html

Biggest Spacecraft to Fall Uncontrolled From Space

ESA GOCE
NASA UARS
NASA Skylab
NASA Pegasus 2
Salyut 7
NASA Columbia (not counting that one)
Soviet Cosmos 954 (Remember that large nuclear power reactor which fell in Canada?)
Soviet Cosmos 1402 and several others not claimed
Chinese Long March 7 (Anyone remember that trail seen on the west coast? Just a little longer trajectory and ....
Russian MIR (Not counted either, controlled to the Pacific Ocean)
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NASA Skylab hit Australia.
I would like to see it "re-enter"
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NASA Skylab hit Australia.
I would like to see it "re-enter"
Indeed.

They received a littering ticket for it.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/70708...bris-australia

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