Scientists continue to warn of the falling Chinese space station Tiangong-1 as its journey back to Earth draws to an end. Experts say the space-faring vessel may crash land as soon as Easter Sunday, or April 1. They also say it is unlikely to fall on top of our heads, but it still could happen.
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The Tiangong-1 space station is expected to fall between March 31 and April 1 with a particular emphasis on 10 a.m. EDT according to Aerospace Corp. which is the company tracking the station's fall. The target of April 1 comes with a margin of error of 16 hours meaning the space lab could fall back to earth anytime between Saturday and Sunday evening.
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The European Space Agency also came to the same conclusion with its own estimate and agrees with the predicted time frame. Even with all of the advanced mathematics involved, scientists and engineers still can't predict the exact location that the 9.4-ton space station will land.
Roger Thompson, a senior engineering specialist with Aerospace Corp., said, "It is tumbling. We have been able to confirm that there is a tumble, we just can't tell the orientation."
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A map made by the European Space Agency shows the area in which China's Tiangong-1 space station could potentially land, which is basically anywhere on half the globe. The station was originally launched in September 2011 to test technology for an even bigger space station to be built in the next several years.
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China's national news agency Xinhua announced, "There is no need for people to worry about its re-entry into the atmosphere. It won't crash to the Earth fiercely, as in sci-fi movie scenarios, but will look more like a shower of meteors."
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