Chinese Space Station ''Tiangong-1'' Reenters Earth And Hits Off Coast Of Tahiti At 17,000mph
Chinese Space Station ''Tiangong-1" Reenters Earth's Atmosphere In The South Pacific Coast-Hit Off Coast Of Tahiti At 17,000mph
- The ''Tiangong-1'' Space Station reentered the Earth atmosphere on early Monday (Beijing Time).
- The Chinese Space Agency reported its defunct space station crashed near Tahiti around 8:15 on Monday morning.
- The agency had previously said that the remaining of the craft may attain high speed as much as 17,000mph before it hit the earth's surface.
The Chinese space authorities have said its defunct space station, ''Tiangong-1" re-entered into the earth over the South Pacific coast and crashed near Tahiti on early Monday (Beijing Time).
According to Mail Online, the spacecraft reentered the earth's atmosphere at around 8:15 in the morning (00:15GMT) and the most of its part had burnt in the atmosphere before it hit the earth.
The China Manned, Space Engineering Office, had said before that the remainings of the craft were expected to fall off the Brazilian coast in the South Atlantic near Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio.
China's space authority said on Sunday that the craft will attain its speed of nearly 17,000 mph and its fiery disintegration would offer a 'splendid' show like a meteor shower.
Scientists had predicted that it could have come back to Earth somewhere between 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south, which covers most of the part of China, Africa, Australia, United States, and Southern Europe.
Astronomer Jonathan McDowell of the Havard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics took to Twitter shortly before the craft reentered Earth's atmosphere saying there was the least chance of the craft hurting people.
Less than 10 minutes till the start of the four hour long TIP reentry window. Remember: 1) this thing will reenter spectacularly but it will (almost super certainly) not hurt anyone. 2) We may not know that it's come down until an hour or so after it actually has done
— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) April 1, 2018
Meanwhile, the Aerospace Corporation had said that the chances of any one person being hit by the craft were considered less than one in a trillion.
Meteorologist Bryan Bennet said:
When it reaches 65 miles above the Earth it will no longer be able to orbit and will begin its rapid re-entry. Atmospheric breakup will begin when it reaches 50 miles above the Earth and undergo a fiery reentry until about 30 miles.
According to the European Space Agency, the fall of the station slowed down due to the weather conditions-it was previously predicted to fall as early as midday on Saturday.