New Delhi : The Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 carrying toxic fuels can crash land on Earth anytime between last week of March and April first week. Scientists have been trying to spot the place where it can eventually end up crashing.
With negligible chances of it landing on populated areas, it has been calculated that the Chinese satellite will land Earth's surface somewhere further north than 43o North or further south than 43o South. Majority of the area is covered with oceans.
Recently, as per the reports of Mirror.co.uk, the Chinese satellite is about to smash into Earth and is expected to hit us on April 3. Though it is not likely to land on populated areas, still Northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa, and northern states in the US have been marked as the region to face the impact.
Tiangong-1 is a two-room Chinese space station, weighing around 8,500 kg. The satellite has a volume of 15 cubic meters making it 60 times smaller than the International Space Station (ISS). Tiangong-1 successfully achieved six rendezvous and dockings with a number of spacecraft. The space station has contributed on many levels for Chinese space missions.
China lost control of the space station in June 2016. Since then it has been floating in the space. On May 2017, it was 218 miles above Earth, coming down around 525 feet per day. After that, the altitude of Tiangong-1 dropped sharply by 175 miles.
Dangers from Tiangong-1
The Chinese space station carries toxic fuel capable of fueling rockets. This fuel can cause severe damage to human liver and nerves. Space agencies have reported that much of the satellite material will burn up in Earth's atmosphere but the remaining debris might still weigh around 100 kg. Aerospace Corp, a Californian nonprofit corporation, has advised the citizens not to touch any debris or to inhale vapours coming out of it.