Chinese space station expected to crash back to Earth this weekend

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First, know this: You're probably anxious about nothing.

Tiangong-1 was the first space station built and launched by China.

'At no time will a precise time/location prediction from ESA be possible, ' the agency's Space Debris Office, based in Darmstadt, Germany, said in a previous statement.

The station's mass is now expected to be "significantly" lower, comparable with other end-of-life satellites, of which ESA said between three and four uncontrollably re-enter the Earth's atmosphere each month.

"But there is a good chance that some parts will survive re-entry and fall towards the earth".

Scientists say the chances of anyone getting hit by the space-station's debris in one in a million.

Parts of China's Tiangong-1 space lab are expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere at some time from this week, according to China's manned space program, but no one knows for sure where.

The possible area of impact will not be outside 43 degrees North or South of the Equator, and although the report states that almost 5.2 billion people live inside the impact area, most of it is the only ocean.

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Experts believe the space station will become space debris on April 1; they are thinking sometime around 4:30 a.m.

Zhu Congpeng, from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporate said: "We have been continuously monitoring Tiangong-1 and expect to allow it to fall within the first half of this year".

The space station has been slowing down and when it can't go fast enough to stay in orbit, it will reenter the earth's atmosphere.

"Only one person has ever been recorded as being hit by a piece of space debris and, fortunately, she was not injured".

If you're drawing that in your mind globe, it means Ireland is way out of the danger zone - so unless you happen to be somewhere in that general vicinity in the next couple of days, you could potentially see Tiangong-1 come down in front of you.

The Tiangong-1 space station has been racing around Earth for seven years, but the Chinese spacecraft is just days away from falling back down to Earth, and southern MI could be in its cross hairs. That's a small strip, and most of the debris would likely fall on the ocean, Space.com reported.

Experts have downplayed any concerns about the Tiangong-1 causing any damage when it hurtles back to Earth, with the ESA noting that almost 6,000 uncontrolled re-entries of large objects have occurred over the past 60 years without harming anyone.

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