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posted Sunday, April 01, 2018 11:14:32 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for VicOne   Click Here to Email VicOne

The Tiangong-1 space lab is expected to make a fiery plunge back to Earth by Monday
China's defunct space lab could hurtle back to Earth later than previously forecast, with the European Space Agency saying it may re-enter the atmosphere as late as Monday morning GMT.

The ESA, which is tracking the craft, had earlier given a window of between midday Saturday and early Sunday afternoon GMT.

Chinese authorities have said the roughly eight-tonne Tiangong-1 is unlikely to cause any damage when it comes down and that its fiery disintegration will offer a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower.

The abandoned craft is expected to make its plunge between the afternoon of Sunday and early Monday morning GMT, the ESA said in a blog post announcing its revised forecast.

In its update Saturday the agency said calmer space weather was now expected as a high-speed stream of solar particles did not cause an increase in the density of the upper atmosphere, as previously expected.

Such an increase in density would have pulled the spacecraft down sooner, it said.

The re-entry window remains "highly variable", the ESA cautioned. There is similar uncertainty about where debris from the lab could land.

But there is "no need for people to worry", the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said earlier on its WeChat social media account.

Such falling spacecraft do "not crash into the Earth fiercely like in sci-fi movies, but turn into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the beautiful starry sky as they race towards the Earth", it said.

Tiangong-1—or "Heavenly Palace"—was placed in orbit in September 2011 and had been slated for a controlled re-entry, but it ceased functioning in March 2016 and space enthusiasts have been bracing for its fiery return since.

The ESA said the lab will make an "uncontrolled re-entry" as ground teams are no longer able to fire its engines or thrusters for orbital adjustments.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-03-china-space-lab-fall-earth.html

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posted Sunday, April 01, 2018 11:34:21 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for Phatbeets
there will be nomo earth after

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posted Sunday, April 01, 2018 12:48:09 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for CAChri$t(IE)
Earth will be smashed to bits and we still won’t have seen the end of Game Of Thrones

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