According to the Chinese authorities Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace”, has completed its mission.
In 2017 China’s space station will come crashing down on earth. The news was announced last week by the Chinese authorities at a satellite launch center in the Gobi Desert.
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According to the Chinese officials the space station has completed its historical mission and will be coming back into the earth’s atmosphere by the second half of 2017.
The Chinese space station called Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace” was a symbol of China’s growing power. But the current announcement has confirmed month’s old raised concerns that the involved officials have lost control of the 8.5-tonne station.
Previously it was speculated the Tiangong-1 had suffered from technical or mechanical malfunction, according to DailyMail.
Based on the calculations of the Chinese authorities the space lab will burn when it enters the earth’s atmosphere and therefore crash land on earth. The information was released by Wu Ping, the deputy director of the Chinese space engineering office.
According to Jonathan McDowell, who is a renowned Harvard astrophysicist the announcement suggests China has lost control of their space station and it will enter the earth’s atmosphere by falling down ‘Naturally’.
The natural crash also means the space station after burning up could fall anywhere. In other words predicting where the potentially harmful debris of the space station will fall is impossible.
McDowell also commented steering space stations is not a possibility. Furthermore the authorities won’t know where exactly the debris will land until six or seven hours before the crash. Atmospheric conditions will also be taken into account as they can direct the debris from even one continent to another.
For instance parts like the rocket engines are so tough they will not burn up when entering the earth’s atmosphere. These engines weight a great 100kg or more and can do a lot of damage depending on where it will hit.