China's space station might crash into Earth within the next few months

Chinese space station to come crashing back down to Earth

However, an astrophysicist, Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard University said to Guardian, that its pieces of about 220 pounds weight could make it on to the surface of earth. In 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the craft and it is expected to crash on Earth within few months.

Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 and was scheduled to orbit Earth and burn up in the air after completion of its mission. And even the smallest atmospheric change could bump the station to a different continent.

The lab named Tiangong 1, meaning "heavenly palace", was launched in September 2011 and after over six years, is all set to hit the Earth. Officials from China have been quoted by the media as saying that they have lost control of the space station.

"You really can't steer these things", Dowell said.

McDowell said. "Even a couple of days before it reenters, we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it's going to come down".

Intrigue in the 1979 crash was so high that the San Francisco Examiner offered a prize to the first person who brought a piece of the 77-ton station to its newsroom.

Analysis and calculations from Chinese scientists show that most parts of the space lab "will burn up during falling". Not knowing when it's going to come down translates as not knowing where it's going to come down'.

No. The Guardian reported that larger spacecraft than Tiangong-1 have made uncontrolled re-entries and there have been no reported injuries to people.

China launched Tiangong 2, its second experimental station, in September 2016.

China is famous for its technology, mass production and as a global power, however, one area which is not under its expertise seems to be its space programme.

The station has been descending gradually since its service ended. In recent weeks it has dipped into more dense reaches of Earth's atmosphere and started falling faster.

Tiangong 1 wasn't likely to present too much of a threat, the nation added.

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