Chinese space station to crash-land on Earth within months

Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University, told The Guardian in an interview published Friday that he anticipated Tiangong-1 to hit Earth’s surface sometime between this month and April.

While much of the craft is expected to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, McDowell also reportedly said that some parts weighing as much as 100 kilograms could crash-land to Earth with scientists unable to predict where they will come down until only hours beforehand.

China’s equivalent of NASA, the China National Space Administration (CNSA), has informed the United Nations that the space station had begun its descent and would be carefully monitoring its final plunge.

The chance that anyone would be harmed by Tiangong-1’s debris is considered highly unlikely.

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