China’s Big Spacecraft May Fall into Earth this Month

The European Space Agency (ESA) has reported a new re-entry forecast for China’s Tiangong-1 space lab. It is supposed that the 8,5-ton spacecraft may fall into Earth’s atmosphere between March 24 and April 19, although European Space Agency officials stressed that this is a rough estimate. “Re-entry will take place anywhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south such as Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, etc.” latitude, officials with the Space Debris Office at ESA’s European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, marked in last week. “Areas outside of these latitudes can be excluded. At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible.” Tiangong-1 was built by China and launched in September 2011, we would like to mention that Tiagonong-1 was the first space lab that was constructed by China. What is Chinese goal? China wants to have such a station up and running in Earth orbit by the 2020s. The first Chinese orbital docking happened on November 2, 2011 between Tiangong-1 and an unpiloted Shenzhou spacecraft. Two crewed missions later visited Tiangong-1: Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10, which start in June 2012 and June 2013, correspondingly.

In this picture below you can see the area between 42.8 degrees north and 42.8 degrees’ south latitudes (in green), over which Tiangong-1 could re-enter. The diagram at left shows population density.
Credit: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

China's Big Spacecraft May Fall into Earth this Month
China’s Big Spacecraft May Fall into Earth this Month

Source:galacticconnection.com