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China's Space Lab to crash on Earth

China’s 8˝-ton space lab will soon crash to Earth. No one knows where it will hit.
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Sometime within the next few months, the heavens will come crashing down.

Tiangong 1, which translates to “Heavenly Palace,” is China's first space laboratory, launched in September 2011, serving as a prototype for a permanent space station that it aims to eventually build and launch. But six years after it first went into orbit, the 8˝-ton laboratory is soon expected to meet a fiery and uncontrolled end, hurtling down to Earth and crashing somewhere — anywhere — on the planet.

In September 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the space lab and that it would crash into Earth sometime in the latter half of 2017. In May, China told the United Nations that the lab would reenter Earth between October and April 2018.

Much of the space lab, which measures 34 feet in length, is expected to burn up during its reentry. But Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University, told the Guardian that pieces weighing up to 220 pounds could make it to the Earth's surface.
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China’s 8˝-ton space lab will soon crash to Earth. No one knows where it will hit.
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Sometime within the next few months, the heavens will come crashing down.

Tiangong 1, which translates to “Heavenly Palace,” is China's first space laboratory, launched in September 2011, serving as a prototype for a permanent space station that it aims to eventually build and launch. But six years after it first went into orbit, the 8˝-ton laboratory is soon expected to meet a fiery and uncontrolled end, hurtling down to Earth and crashing somewhere — anywhere — on the planet.

In September 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the space lab and that it would crash into Earth sometime in the latter half of 2017. In May, China told the United Nations that the lab would reenter Earth between October and April 2018.

Much of the space lab, which measures 34 feet in length, is expected to burn up during its reentry. But Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University, told the Guardian that pieces weighing up to 220 pounds could make it to the Earth's surface.
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Luke warm soup - we've already had the same scare- twice - when the Soviet Salyut lab came down and when the US Skylab came down. Try another one.
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Well, that's expected usually... It'd be bigger news if it was crashing on Mars or Venus...
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Luke warm soup - we've already had the same scare- twice - when the Soviet Salyut lab came down and when the US Skylab came down. Try another one.
I'll keep that in mind if the long odds play out with it hitting you on the head.
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I'll keep that in mind if the long odds play out with it hitting you on the head.
I think the odds on me winning the National Lottery are better - what me worry
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Luke warm soup - we've already had the same scare- twice - when the Soviet Salyut lab came down and when the US Skylab came down. Try another one.
Don't spoil the fun. Some have to find something else to be
Paranoia about each day.

Have you noticed, these fears are usually voiced by the so called conservatives here.
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Well just to keep 'em happy - wear a tin helmet this week end

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The sky will be filled with shooting stars this weekend thanks to debris from Halley's Comet.
The annual Orionid meteor shower will see around 20 meteors passing through the sky every hour The shower is visible throughout the month, but experts say the peak time to view it in the UK will be early on Sunday, between midnight and 03:00 BST.
Astronomer Tom Kerss said the Orionid meteors are known for their "speed and brilliance".
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You all missed the point of the event.


The Chinese launched a practice space station and eventually after 8 years lost control of it. Now it will plummet to Earth in a completely uncontrolled fashion. Logic says that it is because they obviously didn't "plan" to lose control (such as when certain systems are depleted), or they would have set up the reentry at a time when they still had control.

Next they will stick some humans in a slightly better version. I hope they have an escape pod...
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The Chinese....Next they will stick some humans in a slightly better version. I hope they have an escape pod...
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Sometimes however, it's not possible to bring a satellite or space station down in the South Pacific if ground controllers have lost contact with it.

Such a thing happened with the 36-tonne Salyut 7 space station in 1991 which came down in South America or the American Skylab that struck Australia in 1979. No one on the ground was injured, or indeed as far as we know, ever has been by a piece of falling spacecraft debris.
The highlight is mine

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