Photos of Tiangong-1 hurtling towards Earth are terrifying: Should you worry?

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But the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee calculates the odds of a person being hit by whatever is not burned up during re-entry to be 10 million times less than the chance of a person being hit by lightning.

An uncontrolled Chinese space station weighing at least seven tonnes (around 7,000 kg) is set to break up as it hurtles to Earth on or around April 1, the European Space Agency has forecast. Tiangong-1 is unable to make those adjustments. Two Chinese woman astronauts also paid visit to the space station, which was launched as unmanned, in 2012 and 2013.

China is already building another more ambitious space station - Tiangong-2 was launched in 2016 - as well as a lunar base, and is ramping up its space program dramatically.

The likelihood of debris from the defunct space station hitting Italy is 0.2 percent, the agency (ASI) said on Monday after a meeting with the Civil Protection Department, which helps prepare for and manage disasters.

The Guardian reports in a previous report that several space crafts or space stations have come crashing through the atmosphere to Earth without killing or injuring anyone in the past.

Tiangong-1 is moving too fast and too randomly for trackers to narrow it down any more precisely than somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude.

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Chinas first experimental space lab is expected to fall back to Earth between March 31 and April 4 and should burn up in the atmosphere, space authorities said.

It is due to the Maltese scientists' efforts that for the first time a multi-pixel system has been installed on the Bologna radio telescope to watch the debris fall towards the earth.

"If it happens to be falling in an area where you'll be able to see it, then it should be pretty obvious if you're looking up at the night sky", Parks said.

On its southern band, the debris could fall on cities in Argentina and New Zealand, although the vast majority of the potential surface where debris could land are covered by ocean. "For your safety, do not touch any debris you may find on the ground nor inhale vapors it may emit". "But luckily, most of the Earth is made up of water and it is likely that the Tiangong-1 will end up in a safe unpopulated zone like the Pacific", Prof. There is a variety of variables that could impact the spaceport station influence.

For over a year, scientists have been trying to figure out when Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 is going to plummet back to its home planet.