The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is expected to slam into the Earth's surface in just a matter of days.
China’s massive prototype space station, named Tiangong-1 or “Heavenly Palace-1,” is doomed. Fortunately for us here on the ground, we are at little risk of being struck by falling debris when it reenters the atmosphere in the coming days, although scientists have really no idea where it will land.
Experts believe Tiangong-1 will reeneter the atmosphere between March 30 and April 3, although they really have no idea because this is an uncontrolled descent. Despite the fact that China has no control over where it lands, experts say there is nothing to fear mainly based on the odds. The chunks of metal that do survive reentry are likely to land in the ocean, or in sparsely populated land.
Tiangong-1 was launched in September 2011 and has been in orbit since then about 217 miles above the Earth, which is slightly closer than the International Space Station. The 9.4-ton space station is 34 feet long and 11 feet wide.