Will A Chinese Space Station Crash In New Jersey?
In 2011, China launched the Tiangong-1 space station.
In 2016, the station stopped responding to Chinese commands, and began to orbit out of control. Scientists knew this would eventually lead to the station crashing back to Earth, but they had no way to predict exactly when or exactly where.
As time passed, they've been able to get a closer approximation of the date, and re-entry is expected between March 30th and April 2nd.
While scientists stress that since 71% of the Earth is covered by water, the odds are good that the satellite will crash into an ocean. Still, they've likened the event to skipping a stone across a lake - as the satellite "skips" across the atmosphere, unexpected twists and turns could occur.
Here's the craziest visual I've seen so far:
According to Aerospace.org, that thin yellow strip is where the odds of impact are highest. I still understand that the strip runs across the globe, but what happens to be smackdab in the middle of the yellow? THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW JERSEY.
Keep your eyes on the sky this weekend, and track the satellite yourself. Try not to get struck by falling space debris!
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